Two days ago, I was cool as a cucumber. Yesterday morning, BOOM. I read my apple news and rolled off the bed, onto the floor awaking, and possibly injuring, my torso (I'm fine guys, no worries). Complemented with the news came a series of texts-
"rae...it's not looking great", "Rachel, are you keeping up with this nonsense (a different word was used, fyi)." "¡Rachèl, tengo miedo!" ....three of many from my friends.
I'll be honest... I was not expecting this. (Then again, I was not expecting Brexit...I digress). And maybe that's why I was far from being so 'on-edge' Monday. So much so, I was in denial for a good couple of hours when I did hear the news. Now, denial has officially decimated. The results have sunken in and I've snapped into reality. I've heard the speeches, all three- Barack, Hillary and Donald (is it wrong that I'm on first name basis with all three? hmmm) and I've laughed at the really really funny memes.
I will say this though. It's crazy to witness that after three debates, and reviewing the analysis of researchers and commentators of the candidates plans for healthcare, policy and way of presidential depiction, that things were all in favor of the blue. She was supported by Ellen, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Refinery29, the list is endless. Yet... red won. Hmm. And I have to say, despite the disappointment, this goes to show that anything can happen despite opinions, expectations and predictions from who's said to be 'the-best-of-the-best.' Expectations swerved.
So, it could be the fast-New-York-City vibe in me, but my next question is, "What's next"? He won. The inaugural ball will take place, he'll soon be sworn in come next year, and a good portion of us are respectfully still on edge. I believe in respect, I believe in change and I believe in effective policy for the better. As a Brooklynite, thousands of miles away, I still participated in voting, and very much glad that I did. Because we still need our voices and beliefs to be not only heard, but acknowledged and respected. So with activism and time, we now wait and see.