Yesterday a friend pointed out to me that the whole post-election day felt like going through the 5 stages of grief: 1. Denial and isolation; 2. Anger; 3. Bargaining; 4. Depression; 5. Acceptance. I went from shock and feeling physically sick to numb and exhaustion throughout the day, trying to grapple with the election results. After the morning frenzy of texts with loved ones, I withdrew. I took myself mostly offline, found some solace in my qigong class, and then spent the rest of the day in my studio, working on a painting for my upcoming show, Bold Beauty - which now feels more important than ever.
Today, I know I have to come back from licking my wounds and stand up for what I believe is right. True, I live in a democracy where I feel let down by (nearly) half the population*; BUT, I also live in a democracy where I have the freedom to fight back (and I've lived in countries where that isn't possible, so I value this freedom). And I will; with love, solidarity, empathy, dignity and righteous indignation.
Hillary Clinton directed the above quote to "little girls watching" her concession speech, but I want to extend the sentiment to all American children - of any race, ethnicity, religion, gender identification, etc. ALL children deserve the right to a bright future, and it's up to us adults to help deliver it to them.
*UPDATE: As of November 23, Hillary Clinton has won by the popular vote by at least 2 million votes.