Anyone who knows me will be shocked by this headline. I cringe to leave it there. But it’s true. I have 45 to thank for many things, even though I wish I never, ever had to thank him for any of these lessons because that would mean he wasn’t elected president. However, I would trade all of these lessons and much, much more if I could wake up tomorrow and the last five months were just a dream/nightmare.
Some days, I am astonished how much I’ved learned about myself, America, and my friends and family since the 2016 election ended. Other days, I am too sad, hurt, scared, or emotional to be astonished. But most days, I just wish that America had never gotten itself into this mess. What I mean by “this mess” is this deeply divided country. It’s not good for any of us when we are leery of our neighbors, watchful of our friends, or disgusted by our loved ones. This mess could have been avoided through many different means, but there’s no point focusing on what could have been. Instead, we have to talk about our future.