I had intentionally avoided all things election on Tuesday because I didn't want the stress. So when I awoke Wednesday morning, instead of feeling like I got TKO'd after a long, bloody boxing match, I felt like I got sucker-punched at a bar. I literally couldn't focus or function properly as I sat stunned first on the beach - surprisingly the sun did actually still rise - and then in my hotel room in South Beach that morning.
I had to check out that morning so I watched Hillary's concession speech as I packed, a few tears materialized my thoughts into emotions from time to time. Then I sat stunned in the lobby for a while, scrolling through my Facebook news feed and reading trending articles. I wasn't hungry but I ate a small lunch anyways before finally leaving the hotel.
I had planned to go distract myself and admire the street art in Wynwood when it dawned on me in the car that Trump duped us all. His entire campaign was clickbait and whether you opposed or supported him, you were talking about him. He changed the rules and we all made him an unstoppable clickbait juggernaut. This insight was HUGE.
I parked, walked into Panther Coffee, ordered an iced chai latte with macadamia milk (which I didn't know was a thing until now) and frantically tried to get all my thoughts and insights into my laptop before they evaporated out of my brain.
I may have gone overboard but I really wanted this to get published. I submitted it to the general query on Thought Catalog and to 9 different staff writers directly. I'm so happy I got the attention of at least one of them who slightly edited and posted my piece here:
Four hours later I returned to my rental car, which had a $23 parking ticket tucked under the wiper blade and I didn't get paid to write this but I don't even care. It was totally worth it to have my voice heard and my thoughts read, if only by a few people.
So the silver lining of this election is that it inspired me to put 110% of my effort into writing and finally publishing something. Personally I've been writing for a long time but have been hesitant to share it publicly, except on Yelp. I want to keep this momentum going and keep writing. It is very cathartic and nice to know others feel the same way. And inevitably I know there will eventually be trolls and haters but I'll cross that bridge - er wall - when I come to it.