Days Like These

img_3649I was hoping – like so many other devastated and heartbroken individuals – to wake up this morning and find out that the horrifying US election result had been nothing but an awful nightmare. Something that my subconscious had created as a way of helping me to prepare for a worst case scenario, zombie apocalypse kind of event.

Unfortunately, this was not the case and today my TV screen and phone only ram home the message that for the next four years it will be President Trump…

I, like many others I’m sure, was not truly prepared for this outcome. I honestly believed that sanity and hope would prevail and that American’s would choose, while not necessarily the best candidate, certainly the better. While at work yesterday my colleagues and I were eagerly watching the numbers come in  – Hilary was a sure thing, wasn’t she?? As the day went on it was clear that she was not. While I am somewhat comforted by the fact that Clinton won the popular vote – in pure numbers more people voted for her than for Trump – it does nothing to soothe the burn of the final result and the fact that this supposedly hate-filled, destructive, egotistical bigot will be the ruler of the free world for the next four years.

And four years is a long time – it is the entire length of time that my daughter has been alive on this planet so far – and by god that has felt like a million years at times!! But I am hoping, that like the experience of first time parenting, the days may feel long but the years will go by fast…

There are many memes and posts floating around social media today – offering hope for those of us who feel disheartened and defeated. I’m clicking on these and saving them – I will go back to them soon but for now I think I just need to feel sad, angry and disappointed. This result has only added to the selfish, individual political tone that has seemed to dominate this year – Brexit, the results in the Australian elections where once again extreme right wing views have been given a loud voice in our community and the ongoing cruel treatment and neglect of some of the most vulnerable groups in our society.

It is hard at the moment, as a social worker, parent and woman to find any hope in all of this. So I’m just going to take some time – time to hide away and lick my wounds, time to grieve for the state of the world as I see it. But I’ll be back. There’s no other choice.








6 Comments on Days Like These

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    November 12, 2016 at 8:22 am (1 year ago)

    I may be naive but I think we have to find something to do. There must be an action we can take to stop the hate and violence that seems to be rising up. We are better than that. Perhaps it is time for all of us to channel our inner Jean Moulin and while we may live in a distorted global Vichy France, we can still refuse to let them have their way. Now more than ever is not the time to stand by and be quiet.

  2. Kat @anaussieinsf
    November 12, 2016 at 8:51 am (1 year ago)

    I think taking time away from media and most of all, social media, is a fantastic idea. Democracy is democracy and while I don’t agree with the voting system here in the US, I guess we just have to honour the decision and move on.
    I’m hoping against hope that Trump surprises me and does a good job.

  3. denyse whelan blogs
    November 12, 2016 at 10:58 am (1 year ago)

    I’ve been shocked too at the outcome but in the end, I am not going to let it affect my life. I know that might sound isolationist but I also believe in caring for my health and wellbeing first. I’ve noticed that there is a collective anxiety rising in so many people. In my view, aged 66, it is time to wait and to let be for a while. Let us see how things (that are yet unknown) unfold.

  4. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    November 13, 2016 at 10:10 pm (1 year ago)

    I felt (and feel) exactly the same Karen. How did it come to this? All we can do is hope for the best and trust that the course will be corrected and that the best of our nature will come through, despite our fears.

  5. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    November 13, 2016 at 10:29 pm (1 year ago)

    Not the best outcome but I just hope now that we are proven wrong. Call me optomistic.

  6. Vanessa
    November 14, 2016 at 9:43 am (1 year ago)

    One thing that someone else said comforted me; that he is unfamiliar with the slow turning wheels of government so may not be able to achieve all his “goals”. Fingers crossed for bureaucracy, hey?!


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