Life Continues

There are few things this next administration can and will do that will directly alter your life. This statement holds true if the prior administration remains in power. Sure, facets of life may become more or less tedious due to regulation, however, the vast majority of your life will remain the same. Going forward, the important thing is your attitude and how you decide to act.

Mindset is key. The brain is powerful, and if you allow negativity to consume your life, it’ll begin to consume your behavior. Your actions will change, and your life will likely move in the wrong direction. Do not allow yourself to fall prey to vitriol or anger. It’s unnecessary. You are an individual. We are a group of individuals who all seek similar things. Food and water to survive. Shelter to remain comfortable. A job to provide the means for the prior two items. Finally, happiness. These things are not coming your way, or becoming more difficult simply due to a change in leadership at the top of the American system. Always remember that. You are all that matters. You control your destiny.

It’s also important to realize that those who may be bitter due to their side losing need not carry the hate around with them, or outwardly display it. No good can come from that. Use this moment to be a better person. Show the other side your true colors. That you aren’t the stereotypes the media and others have portrayed you as over the past four years. Nobody likes a sore loser. Humility will do you, and those around you good.

It’s also important to realize that those who may be jubilant due to their side winning need not carry the joy around with them, or outwardly display it. No good can come from that. Use this moment to be a better person. Show the other side your true colors. That you aren’t the stereotypes the media and others have portrayed you as over the past four years. Nobody likes a boastful winner. Humility will do you, and those around you good.

It would also be nice if these past four years can be something all of us can learn from, versus digging deeper into our respective corners and dividing further. There was a laundry list of problematic behavior across a broad spectrum of issues encompassing people of both ideologies. We need not repeat the same mistakes, nor do we need to dwell on the past and throw stones. But, we would do ourselves a favor to collectively grow from this turbulent period. We do not need to look to leaders in Washington to mend our fences. We can do this ourselves with our fellow American neighbors. Healing our wounds is something we all could use right now. Compassion, empathy, and calmness sound lovely in contrast to what we have dealt with.

Maybe the most important lesson we could all take away from this is that we collectively let ourselves be controlled by a power that in all actuality had no power over us. Whether we were for the president, or against the president, we allowed ourselves to have our emotions dictated by the president. Why so?

You see, we are nearly three hundred and fifty million Americans. We are a large group of individuals who together make up a nation we should be proud of. We are America. Not our president. Not our elected officials. They are sent to D.C. to represent us. We do not represent them. They work for us. We do not work for them. That is why they are referred to as Public Servants.

We are not who the media tells us we are. We are not the stereotypical people our adversaries tell us to hate. No, we are much better than that. But, we allowed ourselves to be overridden by the hate our elected officials and media companies spewed out to use us as pawns so they could garner more wealth and power.

Here we are. The start of something new. But, we should use this moment to flip the script. Let’s not be enslaved by what elected officials and media companies tell us to worry about. Let’s be individual Americans who can love and care for our neighbors regardless of who they vote for.

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