The Election 2016

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Peace, Love & the Mouse: It’ll be ok in the end
I’ve thought about this for a few days now and have considered what to say about this year’s presidential election.  I  am continually trying to keep myself in check, but let me share my experience…

First off, I didn’t vote. I know that means I “don’t get to complain about anything” and that’s fine. I live in Tennessee, I would’ve voted for Hillary, I knew it didn’t matter. This state always goes red, I know that. Hence why I didn’t wig too much when I let the deadline pass for getting my voter registration updated. So we’ll start with that.

Loss and I watched the returns on Tuesday night and I didn’t really know what to think, except that it was going too late, so to sleep we went. I woke up around 2:30 that morning and checked my phone and found out the result.  I was surprised then, as I thought more, I cried. I cried because things are so unknown. Loss held me and assured me we are going to be ok. I finally went back to sleep for about an hour around 5 am then went in to work.

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Part of this was dessert Tuesday/ Breakfast Wednesday
I received a few comments/messages from some sweet ladies from my church family reassuring me to not worry or fear. One of them said it best- “Please don’t assume the 13.5 Million people who voted for Trump are close minded, hate-filled, racist people“. I’m a usually very optimistic person, so I’m holding onto this thought. A lot. I was also reminded that God is who is in control of things and that is hard to keep in mind when things are feeling and looking chaotic all around.

My main concern is that all these folks that I know, love and respect who have different faiths or sexual orientations are going to be treated equal and that the country doesn’t take steps backward, but continues to grow in a positive manner. I’m not sure what the future is going to hold and if this is true, but I sincerely hope that is the case.

It’s been hard to see so many people upset, angry and sad about the current situation on my social media- I know many of my friends were (and still am) heartbroken, as I was. I’m admittedly going with my patented way of coping: ignoring.  It’s not the most ideal way to do things, but I don’t feel like I can go through each day upset and bitter over something that I cannot change. I’m sure I’ll have more feelings and reactions to things as time passes and we get closer to inauguration day, but I’m trying so hard to stick with the fact that I’m not in charge and other folks of this world aren’t, ultimately, in charge as it is.  I know some folks might roll their eyes at this take on things, but if I can’t live a life of calm and some happiness, I don’t see the point in doing it.

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He hates it, but this photo of Loss is the definition of calm to me.
So that’s my take on this election. My take isn’t fully finished evolving, I’m sure, but that’s where I am. And I felt I needed to share it with you guys. I feel a little better getting it out and just want to say that I love all you guys so much- let’s be good to ourselves and each other.

xoxo

Jenny

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