Uncertainty. We all see it everywhere, and, more gruelingly, we are all feeling it day-in and day-out.
Today we are thinking of you, and we want to share THREE VERY SIMPLE suggestions that are personally giving us comfort right now.
We know you have been counting down to tomorrow’s election for over four years, but we also know you’ve done more than just count. Each of you, in whatever capacity you have been able to do so, has been working to resist, regroup, and recover and all the while constantly working to build momentum and create progress when any opportunity arises. You may be exhausted. You may be anxious. You may be furious. Whatever you “may be,” one thing is for certain: you are outrageously strong.
We are all desperate to have answers. Here among the TWP board members and volunteer community, we too are wringing our hands and eating our feelings as we check in on one another and take turns choking on all the “what ifs. The unfortunate reality of things is that this suffocating cloud of uncertainty may linger beyond election night. No one likes this but we fear it may be inevitable, so we at TWP have been encouraging ourselves and each other to come to terms with what this may mean for not only local and national politics, but also our own mental health and wellbeing.
Here are a few suggestions we hope help you today:
- Invest in yourself. The resistance and revolution is made of people. We encourage you to be a person first right now. Make a plan of what will help you through the coming days: What drains you? How might you limit that? How do you recharge? Where could you do a little extra of that? Keep it simple and invest in yourself enough to follow through with what you need.
- Draw strength from within. Our movement is strong because of you. We invite you to recognize your place in this work with a free sticker. It’s a little thank you from all of us for opening our zillion emails, forwarding our posts and tweets, showing up to our events, donating to the cause, having the hard conversations behind the scenes, working to reflectively educate yourself and spread that education to your people, and being a part of the revolution with us. We, like you, do not know what’s next – but we promise we’re going to continue to be here regardless. As important as this election is, either outcome will still mean we have serious work to do. Where there is unity there is strength, and we are so grateful for your help, now and forever.
- Remember you are not alone. There will be tough days ahead no matter what the results look like tomorrow. We have work to do to achieve the vision that we all have of a more just world. But the good news is that we have a strong community, a robust and growing movement and EACH OTHER!