The election is over and there are a lot of unhappy and disappointed people in our country. I have never seen it this bad. Not even when Bush defeated Gore have I seen it so divided as it is now. There have been protests all over the country. At first I was critical of these protests, not because of the candidates but wondering what good it did to have protests. But protests are a good, healthy way to express our voices. People need to speak their minds and express themselves. We do still live in a country where there is a freedom to speak in spite of the people saying to be quiet and accept the results.
So how can people cope with having a president that is not their choice?
First, talk about it. Share your feelings. Participate in protests if you want to. Express yourself. It is our right to do so.
Second, focus on the things in your life that you can control. There isn’t much any of us can do about the election now and even if your candidate won, there is still nothing that you can do. We all still have to function in our own world and make our own decisions. Live the best life you can in spite of the disappointment or who the president is.
Third, use the emotions you are feeling to get more involved as a citizen of this country. Keep your local representatives accountable for their actions. Support those who will become candidates in 2020. If that doesn’t work then consider getting involved in politics yourself. You may not become a presidential candidate in four years but you can still affect change.
Don’t lose sight of this: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
Even if your candidate won the election, it is still your duty to hold them accountable.
Throughout my career I have had difficult bosses or co-workers and have learned to remember one thing: Things change. The only problem I have with that is many times things do not change fast enough but they do change.