Today I Am Feeling Positive

By Georgia Baltay (Freshman at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY)

On Wednesday I was shocked. I was sad, I was angry. I was greeted by somber faces and people’s frustration. I was upset- for my loved ones, for strangers, for my sister, for my grandmother who has waited so long to see a woman in the white house. However, amongst all of this I was also greeted by hugs and texts from loved ones. My teacher bought the whole class donuts, and I realized that while I felt overwhelmed by hatred at first, I truly am surrounded by love.

Today I am feeling positive. Amidst all this sadness, anger, and disappointment, something special has arisen amongst our generation. I went to my first protests this week- experiences so incredible and liberating. I was enveloped by passion and acceptance. I lost my voice screaming, but I felt so much better- the best form of catharsis.

There are many different ways of coping and of showing expression- I have found solace in getting involved, and spending time with friends and family. At first I was hesitant because I wasn’t sure what protesting would do, but then I realized it’s not about that. It’s about using my voice, creating unity, finding community, and most of all letting my friends, loved ones, women, people of the LGBTQ+ community, people of color, Muslims, immigrants etc. that they are important, they are not forgotten, and that there are so so many people who are willing to fight for and with them. It’s about surrounding myself with likeminded people and working together to change what we can, and accept what we can’t. But most of all to lend my support and kindness to those who need it, and accept the love from others when I need it.