congrats, we survived a full week!

Well, it has been a week since our hearts were collectively shattered and I know I am not alone in feeling like my life has been permanently altered. The past seven days have been hard. For more than half the country (almost 2 million more, actually) Tuesday night was a national tragedy. For days we wandered around in shock, saying that it felt like someone had died.

And then, someone did die. Because of course they would. We miss you Leonard.

But even though it seems like life has turned into a dystopian sci-fi novel, at this moment, I am feeling gratitude. To be clear — I am also feeling panic, grief, anger, remorse, constant low grade nausea and all sorts of other emotions that have yet to present themselves. My gut still drops whenever I think about Hillary and I desperately wonder, “What is she doing right now??”,“ Is she okay?”,“ Is Bill taking good care of her?” and then finally, “Goddamnit Bill, you asshole.”

I honestly don’t know if I will ever really recover from this election.

But on Tuesday night I discovered who I wanted to be. I am embarrassed by how fundamentally wrong my perception of reality was and realized that my life needed to change. I will never again be complacent or assume that things will just work themselves out and from now on I will actively seek ways to serve my community. I am so inspired by all of you who are right there with me, sharing this same urgent call to action. Determination and purpose has been infused into a generation of apathy and for all of that, I am grateful.

I’m literally in love with all of you. Literally.

So what do we do now? Opportunities will arise to make your voice heard (and frequently, I think) but in the meantime I feel like there are a few things we can all commit to. I’m positive you’ve already seen posts like this — but don’t worry, mine is different! I made it into an obnoxious “do” and “don’t” list. I hope that isn’t too off-putting.

DO: Find a charity or two that you can commit to staying fired up about. There is so much work to be done and the idea of “where do I start?” can be overwhelming. But here’s the cool part — we are all in this together now! We have a huge civic army at our disposal! And that doesn’t just mean donating money. Sure, gifts to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name are GREAT, but even if finances are tight you can still volunteer your time and other resources. Our girl Eleanor Roosevelt once said that we need to “be the change we want to see in the world” and that feels more true and attainable to me now than ever. We are all civil servants now. I really believe if we all pick something to focus on- we actually can change the world. So, you know. Do that.

DONT: Tune out, we have to start paying attention. To our political leaders, to what’s happening in congress — and to the people we disagree with. We can’t let ourselves be shocked like this again. I personally don’t think my heart could take it, but also we love our country. And if a large percentage of them are so unhappy that they would rather torch the place than elect the most qualified candidate we’ve ever had — then obviously something is wrong. So, you know. Don’t do that.

DO: Subscribe to paid news sources. Not only do we need to protect journalism, we need to support credible news sources. NO MORE FAKE FACTS.

DO: Try and volunteer for Foster Campbell! He is the Democratic candidate in the Louisiana Senate runoff race. This is our last chance to get one more Democrat in Congress, which will be vitally important in the years to come.

DONT: Lose your momentum. The pain of this experience will fade, but don’t let it be replaced with normalcy or complacency. Do your best to bolster your friends, and help keep each other accountable. We have survived a full week because we came together and relied on each other — because we needed each other. Let’s keep that up.

Ok those are my thoughts and I thank you for reading them and also I am proud of you all. Now take a break and do something nice for yourself because you fucking deserve it.

Happy Week After Election Day!! We made it!