If you recall, a month or so ago I wrote a post about coming home and how the switch from college to back home was like jumping into an ice bath– shocking and shudder-worthy.
[Drinking] *let the basic white girl squeals begin* …A caramel macchiato. Guys it is cold outside and I am slightly addicted to caramel flavored things. Need I say more.
[Loving] my roomies. And my family And my spot in life right now. Even though the past week and a half have been insane, it has really brought to my attention what is important. And I plan to zoom in on those things. Also loving the fact that my dad has a new job (only 5 weeks of unemployment this time! I swear, hope sneaks in when you least expect it.) I’m so thankful.
How are y’all holding up?
For the first time in a while, there is such an intense, hate-filled divide. America has made a choice, and there’s not much right now that we can do about it. This’ll be one for the history books. Sure, we’ve elected the next president, but you can’t forget that we’ve also, essentially, elected the next opinions of the American people. So it lies in our hands, too– to change ourselves and our views and make Trump work for us.
There is no question that Trump has said horrendous things towards minorities, members of the LGBTQAI+ community, women, and other sectors of American people. There is no question that he is crude and has done questionable things in the past. There is no question that his plans are vague and his facts incorrect. There is no question that Hillary Clinton is inconsistent with her beliefs (I have compared and contrasted interviews upon interviews from early 2000’s to her stance now, and, as is common with most politicians, there’s platform change to please the people. It’s inevitable.) There’s no question that because of those things, and other areas of her life, she is considered to be untrustworthy. There is no question that both wear a mask, with facades and preach a thick rhetoric. One is a business man. One was secretary of state. There’s no question regarding experience. The American people, above all, seem to value the character of whoever they put into office, even though the election results are baffling in this regard. As many frustrated first-time voters are saying, “it was a choice between a lesser evil”. Point is, this election was not in the best light from the beginning. But we HAVE to make lemonade out of these political lemons. More on that later.
- outside the system
- not a politician (NOTE: not very experienced either, IMHO)
- focused on making America self-sufficient
- going to approach the presidency bluntly and with a new perspective
- a republican (NOTE: this belief was mostly held by people who felt they had to be loyal to their party, which, IMHO isn’t necessarily a good voting strategy)
- intent on his view on taxes
- aware that gun control is an issue but a right to be protected
- going to combat illegal immigration
- she wasn’t Trump (NOTE: seemed to be a top reason)
- she’s a woman (NOTE: seriously? Are we playing the gender game? Like, I’m all for a woman president but that should not be the only thing you’re voting for. Platform, character, consistency, and competence are, IMHO, the most important qualities of a candidate. If we’re voting by gender, sexuality, age, race, ethnicity, or skin colour…we’re doing it wrong.)
- she supports progressive views such as women’s right to choose and LGBT rights
- she believes gun control is a right but an issue when it comes to who can buy them and where/when we can have them
- she believes education should be debt free
- she has an inclusive view towards immigrants and refugees.
Aren’t you glad we don’t live in a country with a dictator? Guys. We have a system that involves checks and balances. I am normally an optimistic person. I believe that like the truth, justice has a way of leaking out and prevailing. I believe in our system. Sure, it’s by no means perfect… But it’s the best representation of founding beliefs and democracy that I know. And I know other people think otherwise, but that’s okay. I do know that the beauty of our system is based majorly on the power of the people. We have the power to change things, and to me, that is really all that matters. Back on the note of Trump not being a dictator: Trump’s behavior does not, for a minute dictate ours. Just because he is president doesn’t mean we should all use slander and racism and stereotyping. We should be doing the opposite…which means opening our eyes and getting educated. And because Trump is the president, and not a dictator, we have the personal rights and the power to do that. But you’re white. You have privilege. Not everyone is equal, don’t you see that? Dude, believe me. I am aware. And you’re right, it’s not fair. It’s not fair that people have been trampled on and ignored in society. Privilege should obviously be granted to everyone. Heck, it wouldn’t even be called “privilege” if everyone had it. So yes, we’re lacking in the justice department– unequal pay, reproductive rights, the list goes on and on… But that doesn’t mean we can’t fight for any of those things. Regardless of your influence, your status, your beliefs… anyone is capable of making a stand. It just requires dedication and effort. If you don’t feel like you’re being heard, you talk to everyone you know to make sure you do get heard. And, as bad as this sounds, get your word out to influential people. As for the white people prancing around claiming they’ve been “liberated”…. stop it, and sit down. You’re being obnoxious and inconsiderate. This is a group effort, and the more we keep sectioning ourselves off, the worse it gets.
One more thing—since when does Trump control our actions? Since when, after we vote, have we turned into the exact carbon copy of the candidate we supported? People who voted for Hillary are referred to as “liars”, “cold hearted”, “sell-outs”, and “crooked Liberals”. People who voted for Trump are referred to as “rapists”, “homophobes”, and “racists bigots”. Why? If this is our thought process, we’re just as bad at throwing out slanderous labels as the candidates are themselves.
The hate is all over our feeds. And it’s depressing, because some people marinate in it, some people thrive on it, and some people perpetuate it, sizing up people by their votes, belittling others (on both sides!). If it is too much for you, please. I beg you. Shut down your computer. Put your phone down. Walk away. And try to find it in yourself to be/say something positive.
It’s hard imagining this Thanksgiving. I know politics will weasel their way between the turkey and the green bean casserole, snaking its way down the throats of all of the diners. But it DOESN’T HAVE TO. Blowing off your mother because she’s a staunch Hillary supporter, continually throwing it in her face that Trump won, is rude and stupid. Putting your family into exile because they voted Trump is rude and stupid. The wider the chasm gets between people, the less able they are able to realize that there is a bridge. Don’t forget, that at the end of the day, you both, regardless of who you voted for, exercised your civic duty. You both valued the system enough to do something, to get out there and get your voice heard. And that’s enough. And slamming people for ad hominem arguments against their candidate is a waste of time.
Okay seriously? Are you really gonna uproot yourself and your life here and move to Canada because your beloved candidate lost or your least favorite candidate won? Think about what that says about your willingness to take a stand and persevere with America through this difficult time. We need all the help we can get, and you moving to Canada means we’ve got less people on the front lines battling for what they believe in. So please, don’t move to Canada.
“I know so many of us feel lost and angry and sad and disappointed right now. What happened last night, on both sides, showed America slipping through the cracks. But we’er better than that! You know what the problem is? We don’t listen! We only hear ourselves, talk about ourselves, believe in ourselves, like we’re experts on everything.We’ve lost our ability to argue sensibly and constructively. All we do is tear eachother down and then we wonder why our country is in shambles?”
I just recently read a post on one of my fellow blogger’s blogs regarding rambling, and it honestly inspired me to do some
not at all because I’m lazy and do not wish to put any effort or thought or organization into this post or anything crazy like that. So.
Here we are, November 1st, The first month of the last two in the year. 7 days away from a presidential outcome. The official start of Christmas commercials on the radio. And still I wonder sometimes how I got here.
Halloween lasted a good five days. Let’s be real– it wasn’t Halloween, it was Halloweekend…and man, was it crazy. I lost count of the bodies and the parties and the girls dressed as sexualized rodents (though I can’t really say anything cuz I threw together the most basic girl costume ever: a black cat). It was fun. For the most part. At least I got to see my best friend again.
I STILL HAVE YET TO BE EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY I SWITCHED OVER TO LIKE, THREE WEEKS AGO. ),: Maybe I should have stayed working at the dining hall… **(UPDATE: Since this post has apparently been in progress for 2 days now… I just got an email with my schedule for the new job so FINALLY that’s rolling onwards. Amen.)
I need to reign in my spending. And get over my coffee withdrawal.
I also need to hide my candy where I can’t see it, because I counted today and I went through like, 15 pieces of candy and had to pick up all the candy wrappers off of my desk.
I want to get into a normal workout routine again. I was doing so well this past week before Halloweekend took over. Hopefully I’ll get back on the grind.
Met with my academic advisor today. talked about classes and what I want to do with my future. What a scary meeting…but it was weird and nice to have basically my future in my hands…. It’s hard to believe how fast the semester has flown and I honestly don’t know what I’m gonna do about making a whole new schedule for next semester. …But at the same time, I practically chose a major. The only reason I’m holding off is because my German professor requires cultural events points (go to a cultural event for some points that count towards the course) and if you’re a German major, you need like, 5 points…. If you’re a minor, you need 4 points. If you’re not in the major, you just need 3. Well she plans the cultural events on NIGHTS THAT I HAVE ANOTHER CLASS (I know she didn’t/doesn’t do this intentionally). But I only have 1/4 of a point so far, so getting the other points is gonna be a struggle. But it was exciting sitting there thinking about majoring in the language and then being able to psuedo pick the education-focused courses that would enable me to get licensed.
I have an exam in my physics class tomorrow…. ^_^ the studying shall commence tonight, go into wee hours of morning, and then continue up until 2pm tomorrow. Should be fun.
I am currently typing up my feelings in our suite’s common room, where through cracked windows I can hear the antics of the boys above us as they scream at the football on TV… I swear, sometimes I think they just move furniture in the middle of the night, in addition to non-stop partying… there’s literally so much noise every. Single. Night.
Woot. It’s November. This means break soon! And HOME COOKED FOOD and cramming and pumpkin pie and just…. crazy weather.
Take me someplace, November.