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As teenagers, time is infinite and love is made of fairy tales and caramel corn. For Alexis York and Ryan Fisher, their friendship was the cornerstone of who they were. In the wake of a family tragedy, that friendship was torn apart by time and distance. Unrequited love was never reciprocated, and two lives that were once intertwined, now moved on different trajectories.
Fifteen years later, these two friends are given a second chance to correct the mistakes of the past. With one flight, a new home, and a little help from a tiny red compass, Alexis and Ryan are reunited, setting them back on the same course. Together, they find themselves on a journey of rediscovery, friendship, hope, and love.
Yet, when the harsh realities of life threaten to tear them apart for good, will Alexis and Ryan lose all hope of a happily ever after? Or will the childhood promises of forever lead these two hearts through impossible odds and back into each other's arms?
"You're my compass. My one true north."
Let me start by saying no, I am not talking about my book in today's post. But yes, I will be talking about this week's election results. As someone who loves her country and is distraught by what she's seeing, I feel it is time for me to speak.
But first things first -- I will in no way engage in a political debate. Throughout this campaign season I have kept my personal views and beliefs off social media for a reason. Only those who are closest to me know my political standings and it will remain that way. For the purpose of this post I will only say this: I identify myself as a social liberal and an economic conservative. Take what you will of that statement and leave the rest at the door.
Political viewpoints aside, what I really want to talk about is the effect this election has had on us as people.
As someone who loves my country, I speak to you today, proud of the American democratic process. While there are many Americans (okay, more like many people around the world) who are distraught over the results of Tuesday night's election, the process did work as it was designed to do. People voted and their votes selected our new leader. Was their vote misplaced? Well, only the next four years will answer that question. Nothing can change that now, but in the meantime we need to reflect on ourselves as people and as a country. It is vital that our behavior reflects who we truly are and we lift each other up in a time of uncertainty.
America is a young country. We often forget that because of the world power America has become in these past couple of centuries, but the truth remains that we are infants in comparison to other nations in this world. As we are in our youth, we must realize how much we are watched and how our actions are scrutinized. While we might not like or approve of the man who has been selected as our commander and chief, we should still show respect for the office he is expected to uphold. We have a government set with countless checks and balances. This, now more than ever, is extremely important to remember. Our voices were heard in our votes Tuesday night, and our voices as a nation can still be heard if our president-elect steps out of line. He is a public servant now. He serves the American people.
The one thing that really hurts my heart is how some people are scared that just because Trump won, all our progress on social matters will evaporate overnight. We are watching horror stories happen in the news about people disrespecting others over the color of their skin or their religious affiliations and that fear is gripping our nation. But we must not allow his victory to revert our society back to 50 years ago. We have a voice and it can be heard over the shouting of those who believe that human lives don't matter. Our founding fathers believed we are all human beings and should all be treated equally. Yes, they made mistakes, but they're ideals were right. We are free and we can ensure change.
And for those who believe that Trump's win means we return to a pre-civil rights era, I ask, what supposedly makes white skin better than black, brown, or yellow? We're all human the last time I checked. We all love and desire to be loved. We work, we play, we live and breathe. We all have goals and ambitions. We all bleed and die. So why hate that which is different from yourself? We should embrace our differences. Cherish humanity. At least that's how I see it. We have worked too hard and come too far to allow those who refuse to see the truth of humanity to set us back. We have a voice!
But we must also not allow the results of this election to hurt our relationships. I was devastated to see so many people demand that if someone didn't vote for their preferred candidate that they needed to unfriend them immediately. I live in a house divided in politics. My husband believes one way, and I believe another. But you would never see us use such petty ploys over political standings. I'm not going to divorce my husband because he voted differently than me. No! I cherish his ideas and beliefs. He's not anymore in the wrong for his beliefs than I am. We accept and we appreciate.
Words hurt, people. You might be upset because someone doesn't view certain issues the same as you, but that doesn't mean you should sever relationships simply because someone voted for Trump or Clinton. Love is what matters. How we treat each other is all that matters. What makes our friendships so valuable is our differences. If talking politics is a touchy subject, don't do it. If someone you care about is blasting social media with political ideas you disagree with, avoid them. But don't unfriend someone you care about or cut them out of your life simply because they don't see eye to eye with you. If we continue on that path then no one wins.
Okay, I've made my one and only statement about this campaign season. Whether you voted Trump or Clinton matters not to me. All I care about is you see the damage you can cause by hurting one another. All of us matter right now. We ALL need each other in this hour of uncertainty. We must stand up and bind together as a unified nation no matter where our party loyalties lie. We are Americans! So raise our voices high in love and harmony and remind yourself and the world what being an American means. (And yes, I get that sounds like some hippie bullshit, but really, they did have a valid point).
Alrighty, folks. Until next week...
Love you all!