Today is important. You are important. Your voice is important. Your vote is important.
We are in charge of shaping this country. We are responsible for electing leaders who will actually listen to us. We can do better but only if we vote for better.
There are three thoughts I have been holding on to during this time that I wanted to share:
1. No candidate is perfect.
I was talking to one of my girlfriends yesterday who is definitely not a Trump supporter but has never been super into Joe Biden either and I said to her,
“This election is not about loving Biden, it’s about loving ourselves, it’s about loving our neighbors, our communities, and the dream of what this country can be.”
No President is the solution to our complex issues, but they can be the person who gets us closer to the solutions. They can be the person that gets us closer to the safe, just, equitable, equal, anti-racist, pro-science America we deserve to live in and our children deserve to inherit.
If you haven’t voted yet and you are voting today, when you get in that ballot box, ask yourself, who gets me closer to fairness and peace? Who gets me closer to love? Who gets me closer to justice and safety for all Americans regardless of their race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, ability or background.
Perfect doesn’t exist. Something better than the chaos we have had to live through these past four years does. Something closer to love does.
2. I can’t do everything but I can do something. I can do what I can, with what I’ve got, where I am.
Can I make one more phone call? Can I ask one more family member to vote? Can I find a ride to the polls for someone? Can I donate to an organization that is protecting voting rights and fighting against voter suppression?
Can I take care of myself today? Can I not let my desire to control the outcomes throw me into a spiral of anxiety? Can I monitor how much time I spend watching the news and scrolling through social media?
Can I find peace today within myself? Can I remember that when I take care of myself, I am way better at handling whatever life has in store for me?
Supporting your community in whatever way you can today is critical, as is supporting yourself. No matter what the outcomes of the election may be (which remember we may not truly know for days or weeks), we need your most cared for and loved self at the table, working towards real solutions to the problems in our country.
Elected officials are not our saviors. We are our saviors.
3. Your life and all that you can do with it is bigger than one single day/candidate/election.
Once you have voted and done everything you can do, be proud of yourself and remember that we are wildly resilient creatures. Whether we step forward or get set back, the good fight is a life long fight. Relax into that. Find peace in that.
Coretta Scott King said,
“Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation.”
The fight for freedom must be woven into how we live our entire lives, not how we behave during an election year.
We keep going. We never give up. The work is never done. Don’t let that overwhelm you. Let it motivate you. Let it drive you to lead the biggest, widest, most compassionate, empathetic, thoughtful life you can.
No matter what. We got this.
Here for you.