This isn’t going to be a political debate. That isn’t the purpose of the post. It isn’t the purpose to explain who I did and didn’t vote for. It isn’t the purpose to bash the candidates. It isn’t to bash what the 44th President did and didn’t do past or present. It isn’t the purpose to highlight the wrong doings of all that took part in the election.

Hate and love. That’s what this is about.

Look, I know what it feels like to not be supported by the people who should support you. I know what it feels like to hear people say I will fail. I know what it feels like to be judged solely on the mistakes of my past. I know what it feels like to be hated without given a fair chance to prove myself. And, let me tell you, that feeling flippin’ sucks.

But, love conquers all.

Yes, I know, that’s a little cliché. But, it’s the truth. I know from experience. You know all those people who told me I was gonna fail? I believed them. I believed them so strongly that I was making myself fail to prove them right. I would do things, say things, act out things for them to say, “I told you so.” I thought it would bring me great relief but deep down it killed me inside. It killed my heart, my mind, my soul. I couldn’t smile away the circumstances any more. You could physically see the toll it put on me. Until, I allowed to let love in.

Listen, I get it. Many of you don’t want our 45th President to be President. But, why all the hate? The claim of he is a man of hate is irrelevant when you yourself is doing the same thing! You are entitled to your feelings and your opinions. I get the freedom of speech thing, heck why do you think I do this? But, to wish ill on someone? To wish they fail? You realize what that does right?

The United States of America is a great nation. No matter who is at the helm. However, I have watched the division of this country go from being there to incredibly and scary noticeable. I have watched and read of hate crimes. I have watched and read of discord and anger. I have watched and read of displeasure and distaste and of threats to move to another country. Each negative thought that goes into the universe only serves to destroy this nation. You want peace? You want prosperity? You want equality? So does every Tom, Dick, and Jane. But, let’s do it right.

Here is what I propose:

Stop wishing for failure. If he fails we fail. And quite frankly I’m not about that.

Express yourself without anger. There’s a reason the Bible says do not let the sun go down on your wrath. Anger brings strife. Strife brings division. Division brings failure. Again, if he fails WE fail.

Be the change. This goes along with properly expressing yourself. If you want to see change in the world then be that change. Feed the homeless. Volunteer at an after school program. Talk with city officials about making your community a better place. Bring growth. This will deter failure.

Pray for our leaders. Being POTUS or FLOTUS or anyone in congress isn’t easy. Yes, there will be mistakes made but he who has not sinned cast the first stone. This is a time of uncertainty and I can tell you I will be on my knees for guidance and knowledge for our country’s leaders.

Change is happening whether we like it or not. I know that our President hasn’t had the most positive exposure, but I really do hope he does make America great again. We all deserve that. Here is to a productive four years. xoxo