"The Day After The Election"

Today is the day after the election. Yesterday was one of the biggest presidential elections in American history. Some praised the results of the long battle that took hours to calculate results. Others were mortified with defeat. It was a sad day for many Americans. The anticipated outcome for one presidential candidate did not come to fruition making many around the country fearful, confused, and saddened by a loss of hope.

 

This was a fearful day for me too. I didn’t wait up to find out the election results even though I knew what the outcome was going to be. I knew that I would be too anxious to sleep depending on how the results swayed. Yet, I still remained optimistic that when I woke up the world would learn a few states miscalculated their tallies, and the electoral votes were in our favor. But, sadly that did not happen. The world’s biggest fear came to reality.

 

When I woke up this morning I was not in a dream world. I looked at my phone only to find several alerts from CNN and other news sources proclaiming that Donald Trump had indeed won the presidential election. To the other side of my bed I turned.

 

I could only think about my coworkers and the aura I would face when I walked into our office. The day before everyone swam in a sea of hope and desire. I cannot say that we all had the same feeling when we came back to work today. I work in international affairs, at a global think tank. So, the outcome of the election will affect the way we work, do business and conduct research.

 

The president of our office gave a moving speech today. He wanted to make sure that we knew now was not the time for us to give up hope: America and our office. We are a non-partisan company, but I think he decided to give this speech because of the effect yesterday had on many individuals in the organization. He told us that now more than ever we have to make the world realize that the work we do is important and worth noticing. I couldn’t agree more. The way that we position ourselves as a country sends a message to the rest of the world. We may not agree, but during times like these we must stand in solidarity. The rest of the world needs to know we are a country not divided, but a country that is able to withstand any challenge that is put in front of us.

 

Moving forward, I think it is important for us, as a united front and single country, to remember that the decision has been made. We cannot change what cannot be undone. Instead, we must advocate for change moving forward. Now is not the time to give up. We have to stand firmer than ever before. Just like the other challenges we have faced before, we must do the same thing again. The only difference is that our lives and the stake of our country depends on it.

 

BY: Rachel M. Roberts via EIC Le'Keshia Smith