We're eleven days in and you have been eventful so far. We had an election and the result was a bit of a shock, but not altogether unexpected. We have consistently been telling each other that we have a voice and an opinion that deserves to be heard and I've been a little saddened over the past couple of days, being told that what I believe in is wrong. It's not. No one is wrong for voting for what they believe to be best for them and their family. We all have different life experiences and different opinions. And that is part of what makes life interesting. But belittling those with differing opinions will never be okay.
I've been told to grow up, told to be more realistic, and told that it isn't the end of the world. And maybe they're right, maybe things won't be so bad. I will be optimistic, but I must confess that I cannot believe it's all okay just yet. That doesn't mean I'm wrong. And if you do believe that everything is going to be okay, I would never say you're wrong. Not too long ago I lost my way a little and needed a bit of help to find my way back. Only, there wasn't any there. I'm hugely privileged to have some people in my life who were able to reach out to me, and I will be forever in their debt for that. But not everyone is so lucky and I believe that community is going to have to become an even more integral part of life now, both online and off. We must stand up for what we believe in, and remember that there will be those on all sides who take things that little bit too far but their actions do not represent the majority. We must pull together and not blame each other when times are difficult because, for some, those difficult times may very well lead to the end of their world.
We can all make a positive contribution to society, regardless of age or ability. I don't prescribe to the notion of simply allowing the establishment to spin things, encouraging us to spend too much blaming each other because instead we can spend that time more wisely, being a real force for good. I pledge to be more generous with my time, to be more open to learning about things that may not affect me directly but are affecting others, to participate in important conversations and to be the change I hope one day to see. I may not be able to make a big impact, but little things really can add up to a lot.
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