Editor’s Note –
I have to tell you, I struggled with whether I should publish this post. Or rather, how I could publish this post, in the wake of the presidential election. Like so many others, I remain gutted by the results of the race. When I initially wrote this post, I was in a completely different headspace. I was filled with so much hope. We were on the precipice of so much greatness. We were finally nearing the end to the incredibly ugly election season. I felt things were about to return to a more civilized, more dignified, and far less hateful state. And to top it all off, I truly believed that we were about to see the first woman ever elected to the highest office in the land. And not just any woman, but an incredibly capable, experienced, hard-working, whip-smart and thoroughly deserving woman.
While I expected Tuesday night to be a nail-biter, I didn’t prepare myself for the idea that Hillary might not win. I just didn’t think America would allow that to happen. And so, like so many other Americans, I’ve been heartbroken, devastated, numb and mad as hell these past few days.
As my wise boyfriend pointed out, all of this anger that so many of us are experiencing right now can be a great thing, if we don’t forget about it in a few weeks’ time, and if we harness it in the correct manner. We should take this hurt, and this frustration, and put it toward the positive changes we’d like to see in the world.
A key lesson I’ve learned from this election is the danger of apathy. When I think of voter apathy, it’s usually in its most direct definition – describing people who are eligible to vote but simply choose not to. Because I am a dedicated voter, I tend to think this word doesn’t apply to me. But when Wednesday morning rolled around and the reality of what had transpired began to set in, all I could think of was all the things I didn’t do to help push for the outcome I so badly wanted. I now know that next time, simply voting, pushing a few dollars toward a campaign, and buying a t-shirt or two in support of the cause will not be enough. Next time, I will also be much more generous with my time, supporting the phone banks, reaching out to other Americans to ensure they are registered to vote, have a plan to vote, are informed of the importance of their vote, and the merits of the candidate I support. And I hope in the years before the next presidential election, all of us who are so hurt by this week’s outcome will direct that hurt toward positive political activism, the act of actually doing something beyond ranting about what we don’t like on Facebook. I encourage us all – myself very much included – to simply DO more.
These feelings have made many of the things I typically enjoy every day – including blogging, and scrolling through Instagram, and keeping up on fashion news – seem incredibly trite. Yet I’ve come to realize that simply marinating in my feelings of disappointment is not productive, and turning my back on the activities I love will not change what happened on Tuesday. This blog has brought me so much joy over the years. I am a person who can feel passionately about the state of the country I love as well as fashion and travel and the world of beauty – and that’s okay. In fact, I think this type of balance is needed. I think surrounding yourself with the things and people and activities you love is a great counterweight to all the hate shimmering across our nation right now. It’s not dumb or frivolous. After all, as Hillary herself so eloquently said: