We Can Sit or We Can Act | Inauguration Day

7:01:00 AM

Today is a historical day. Like it or not. I don't particularly like it (as I sit in the dark writing this post at 5:00 am), but the fact of the matter is that today is inauguration day.

I'm a doer, not a dweller. If a roommate of mine goes through a breakup, I'm in their room waking them up the next morning to say, "Get up. We're going to the gym."

I don't believe in sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself. I believe that the same principle applies here. I was one of the record-breaking Google searches on moving to Canada the day after the election, but I let it stop there.

We can sit around and complain and call the new president names like the girl spending the day in bed being bitter about the breakup or we can get up, get dressed and make things happen.

I have been thrilled to see this election be a catalyst for so many people to speak out to do their best to effect change. To stand up for the under privileged and for people's fundamental rights. It really and truly warms my heart to see people caring for one another.

I spent quite a bit of time reflecting on why I reacted so strongly to the election this year and I think it's because I feared that we were losing our sense of humanity. One of my fatal flaws is that I become consumed and over involved in the people that are close to me and the things that I care about. The idea of seeing so many people being marginalized is devastating. 

Luckily for me, in the couple short months since the election I have seen more reminders than ever that people do care. This election has given people a strength to speak up for what they believe in and more than anything I feel lucky to live in a country with the freedoms that allow that.

We live in a great country. I don't think it needs to be made great again. I think that what makes us great is our people and the fact that we are fundamentally built on inclusion and diversity. Now we just need to take care of that.

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