Post-Election Anxiety

‘When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ – Mr Rogers

Though I don’t live in the US, my mind is there constantly.

It has been since I was a child and I watched American teenage TV shows like Saved by the Bell and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and I desperately wanted to live there too. It has been there since I grew up and started to fully understand the position of the country in the world. It has been there these past four years. Or rather, with all of you struggling under the increasingly troubling circumstances within the country.

Being interested in world politics you cannot dismiss the way in which the US is governed as it has an impact on the entire world. Even on me in my own small area of this blue ball.

However, the impact on me is not direct. Yet being a person who values – what should be – basic human rights, watching the US for the last four years has been truly hard. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like for you who live there. Even less so if you are part of the communities that are so viciously attacked, whether physical, online or through legislation and even rhetoric. And so I won’t.

I merely want to extend my love to every struggling American, whether by birth or by current residence. I hope you know that a massive part of the world stands with you and feels nauseatingly nervous too.

Not just because of the impact of this election on the world, but also because of its impact on you. We want you to be respected. We want you to be safe. We want you to have basic human rights. We want you to have decent healthcare, mental and physical. We want your country to be welcoming and help those in need. We want you to have better circumstances than you have had over the last four years – and even before that.

And so we wait with you anxiously for what the news will bring over the next 24 hours, holding your hand and sitting beside you.

Whatever the outcome may be, there is the one quote by no other than your Mr Rogers which always comes to my mind in times of hardship: ‘Look towards the helpers’.

So look towards the – as I write this- record breaking 72 million people who voted for change. Look towards those who stand up for your rights, who march for them and set up grassroots campaigns to make actual change happen. Good exists, even in the most dire of times when it is hard to see.

And most importantly, no matter where you live: choose to be one of the helpers, in any way you personally can.

We stand with you, blue America.

x Sandra

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