These past weeks have been a lot. The election happened. We got out and voted early (not a single person in line- what?) and then tried to distract ourselves and get work done all day just to help the time pass quickly. Around 6:45 I got out of my barre class and drove home, excited. I picked up some wine and planned to pop a mini champagne when our candidate (Hillary Clinton) won. In hindsight I know it’s kind of stupid, but I hadn’t considered any other possible result.
Well, you know how that story ended. There were tears. We were speechless at first. We barely slept that night. Then, the next day we talked and talked and talked and talked. It was the most connected week Jeremy and I have had in a while because we took the next few days slowly and spent so much time together, just talking.
I appreciate everyone who found a way to voice their opinions and feelings in a mature, kindhearted way. I’ve seen a lot of hate and judgement going around. I’ve seen a lot of fighting and finger pointing, but who does this help? What purpose does it serve? For the first time in my life, I’ve seen how politics can damage family relationships and cause otherwise wonderful people to act really mean. And I’m not ok with it.
There’s nothing wrong with being sad. There’s nothing wrong with being angry. But being kind is important regardless. Even when we are sad, even when we are angry. Kindness matters.
Jeremy and I made some donations. We’re staying engaged, getting educated and looking for ways to give more. We’re staying openminded and curious. I’m not saying we’re not a little bitter, but we’re choosing to channel our passionate feelings in a positive direction. I think that’s the best we can do for the moment.
I really loved this post that Keiko wrote.
And if you’re reaching this and you are mad that I’m not on the same “team” as you, don’t be. We don’t have to agree on everything to share our human experiences. It doesn’t make us enemies. ♥
Moving on, here’s some photos from our month.
We celebrated Jeremy’s birthday a couple weeks ago with our first trip to The Catbird Seat and it was a spiritual/black magic experience. Just wow.
A photo I snapped during my recovery in October. By the way, after I shared that post I received hundreds of the most kind, meaningful messages from readers. Thank you. I’ve never been so nervous of sick-to-my-stomach to share something before, and you made me believe that opening up can be so worth it.
Jeremy and I are taking a vacation with The Shelton’s this coming week. We’ve been looking forward to it for something like six months and it’s finally here! We’ll take plenty of photos, don’t worry.
Leaving you with nothing but love love love.