This was never going to be a normal election.
Sure, it's easy to lose hope. The one thing I refuse to lose, however, is my focus on the issues that matter -- to the world, to my country, to my peers and to me.
This is how election night would have looked if only Millennials voted...
I look at this map, and I see hope; I see a generation that has the ability to effect change.
I see a generation that has the time, ability and passion to right the wrongs and injustices that plague the world; I see a generation unimpressed with meaningless platitudes and hateful diatribes.
I also see a generation that needs to wake the hell up and vote... and a part of me does feel defeated.
An even bigger part of me, however, feels like this is an opportunity -- the opportunity -- to make a difference. Only 53 percent of Americans voted on Election Day... yet 100 percent of Americans had an opinion about the result.
This isn't time to get disheartened; this is time to get angry... with a purpose. Strike while the iron is hot. Make sure the issues that matter to you aren't buried in bureaucracy or bigotry. Make sure your voice is heard.
As President Barack Obama commented Wednesday morning, “You have to stay encouraged. Don't get cynical. Don't ever think you can't make a difference.”
You have to stay encouraged. Don't get cynical. Don't ever think you can't make a difference.
You can make a difference; we can make a difference together. We can't give up. There are too many important issues we can't afford to lose focus on. There are too many issues that will never be fought for if you don't lend them a voice.
When Trump's president, we must make ourselves heard. For us. For our children. For our world.