Ocean over the cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Where do we go from here?

This has been a tough week, and while for me, last Tuesday didn’t come as much of a surprise, it does have me in a state of shock. There are a lot of levels at which this feels devastating — as a citizen, in my career, as a woman, as a human being.

Here are a few of the layers.

I believe in my country and I am proud to be a member of this nation; it is awful for these United States to be headed up by a man (and his political colleagues) who stands so counter to my way of life.

In my career as a designer, I am building a body of work — objects, projects, relationships, movements — that’s progressive, open, and human-centric; is is daunting that half the population stands in opposition.

As a woman, I affirm independence, autonomy, and equality; I had so looked forward to seeing these same things affirmed in national leadership.

As a human, I try to take responsibility for our collective actions and live with kindness and respect, while advocating for what is marginalized, displaced, or silenced; so the course of action outlined in the “First 100 Day Plan” really has me shaken.

Clearly this is a dark moment. At first I couldn’t think straight — my mind was congested and I was sleeping a lot. Then I got waves of panic. But in the days that have passed since the election, one thing is apparent: now is not the time for despair or disempowerment. Now is not the time to isolate, shut down, or lose direction.

This is a time to get together. To share grief, yes; but to share ideas and common ground as well. To figure out how, through collaboration and intentional actions, to find a way forward.

The work that I’m doing, the work my colleagues, friends, clients, are committed to — it’s about to get a lot harder and more challenging. And it’s more important than ever.

I’m ready.