A year after Donald Trump was inaugurated, the women of this world are leading us, as they always have, through the adversity caused by this chaos agent.
Women took to the streets worldwide again today to demonstrate against the rampant inequality they face, the trauma caused by systemic racism and sexism, the injustices of the Trump administration and to focus our energy toward an incredibly important series of elections: the 2018 midterm elections.
Make no mistake about it, these might be the most important elections in our lifetime. That saying is tired and cliched, but it’s true in this particular case. With Republicans answering to Trump’s beckoning calls, no matter how corrupt or obscene the task, it will be on the Democratic Party to sort out the mess that he, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell have made.
So the women will lead us to the polls, as record numbers of women have signed up to run for office. They will continue to lead our evolution on social issues, as the “MeToo” movement of 2017 helped countless numbers of men (including myself) self-reckon with their past behaviors and lines of thought. They forced abusers and harassers out of power, causing a sea change in many industries across the United States and shining a light on predators.
All of this makes me feel that much more gratitude for the women who are stable rocks in my life: my wife and my daughter. My wife has been with me through unemployment, when my bank account was in the negative and I was living in a children’s room (not my childhood room). My daughter has helped me become a more patient, understanding person. She has helped me prioritize what is truly important in my life and inspires me to reach for greatness every single day. They’ve supported me through good times and bad.
When Trump was inaugurated into office a year ago, I was in a bad place. I started this blog to chronicle the daily craziness and there has been a lot of awful ground to cover. But it’s a new year and I see a light of hope for all of us. I know we can defeat Trump and Trumpism (better known as racism) for good.
There are 290 days until Election Day 2018. There are 1,018 days until Election Day 2020. As a good friend of mine says, be safe, be well, be an influence.