Did That Really Just Happen?
I don’t typically like to talk politics, but how can I not after Tuesday?
Were you shocked with the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Race? I certainly was!
While having a casual dinner with my cousin we barely noticed the electoral votes slowly trickling in. I was certain that Hillary was going to win it based on the polls, but I noticed that Trump had picked up a couple of the swing states like FL.
“Well, this is going to get interesting!” I exclaimed.
The President-Elect of the United States
We all know what happened a few hours later. Hillary conceded to Trump when she realized she wouldn’t get the 270 electoral votes she needed. History was made!
Want to know who I voted for? Well, it doesn’t matter. I will say that I’m not a big fan of either of them (for President that is), but I do respect each of them on different levels.
Respect (A Little Bit at Least!)
I respect Donald Trump for persevering and never letting anyone tell him what he could and couldn’t do. He was an underdog every step of the way. I don’t agree with some of his rhetoric for sure, but it’s refreshing to see someone walk so confidently in his own shoes. I personally don’t believe he’ll be as extreme as he said he’ll be. But, time will tell!
With Hillary, I personally believe she lost the campaign on trust. She always knew the right things to say, but her body language was not always in line with her words. I respect that she genuinely cares. It’s unfortunate, however, that her armor (i.e. pant suits) left questions in my mind and many others.
The markets are fickle, aren’t they? At first, the DJ futures tanked 600 points when it calculated in Trump taking the White House. Yet, when the markets closed today, we were up 256 points! Go figure.
I think the lesson here is that it’s dangerous to assume you know what will happen. Flexibility is an asset that can help you to manage inevitable change no matter where it comes from.
The Great Divide
What was even more fascinating to me was to see the huge divide in our country and the widespread emotion.
If you are super upset about the elections result, I say “Fantastic!”
Use this deep-rooted emotion to drive the positive change you desire.
- If you are fearful of hate, then love more!
- If you are sad, then cheer someone else up!
- If you are angry, then it’s time to forgive!
A President Will Not Make America Great
Remember. A President will not make America great. You will!
All too often it’s easier to see what’s wrong with the world, rather than what’s right.
I hear so many people complaining about what’s fair and not fair. Don’t be a victim.
Life Isn’t Always Fair
Sometimes you get dealt a crap hand. And other times you get super lucky.
The funny thing is it usually comes down to perspective. What do you see?
As a 3rd generation Chinese American, I’m proud to be part of a unique political system that allows the people to speak freely and vote for their leader. I still live in the greatest country on this Earth, in the finest city of America (San Diego!), and have my loved ones surrounding me. What more could I ask for?
Honor Those Who Stand Up For You
With Veteran’s Day coming up tomorrow, I also want to share my deep gratitude and thanks to all the service men that uphold our nation’s ideals and freedoms.
Our service men and women make America great! They continue to provide and have sacrificed so much over the years to give us the freedom to pursue happiness. Let’s not squander it!
Our Global Friends & Family
To my friends that live outside of the US, never before have we all been connected on a global scale. Your influence and drive make your own countries great and empowers us to think outside of ourselves.
Whether we like it or not, we are ALL connected. To this I say, be kind to your fellow neighbor.
Readers, what are your thoughts on what has transpired in America? Is it good, or bad? Does it affect you directly and what will you do about it?