Hi guys. So it’s been a while. I’ll talk about that in another post as and when it comes, but for today I want to talk about…Trump.
During the presidential election race Trump talked about a lot of things. A lot of things that many of us would never imagine being uttered in today’s world, not to mention on such a public world stage. Racism, sexism, misogyny. On this blog I set here telling you, telling myself, that we deserve to feel good about ourselves no matter what our age, our body shape, our hair colour, our skin colour – that we are all beautiful – and here we have a presidential candidate suggesting the complete opposite.
Talking about it is one thing, but for that then to be given approval by millions of people, turning that candidate into the next President of the United States…it made me question the world.
Are we actually seeing that the equality and kindness we thought was developing in the world never existed? Or that it did, but that it can be broken so easily?
I keep hearing people say “I’m sure Trump won’t do half of the awful things he said”. Or that “He’ll soften now he’s President”. And I really hope that’s the case. But that does not undo what’s happened. We can’t allow people to say the kinds of things Trump did just because it might end up OK in the end. It makes my blood boil.
But then I think about what’s been said during the elections. How Trump himself has been targeted for his looks. That’s in no way an excuse for his actions, but it still highlights how far we have to go to stop judging people on their looks, and making shallow commentaries.
So where does this leave us?
Well – it’s even more important to love ourselves. From the tips of our toes to the last hair on our head. When there is crazy stuff going on in the world around us, we have to look in ourselves, to the people in our lives that we care about, and ask what will make us and our loved ones the happiest and healthiest we can be – and we can’t be happy and healthy without self-respect and respect for others.
When the children of today are given public role models who don’t represent the values that we strive for, we have to be those role models. We have to embody the equality, tolerance, and kindness that we want to foster in the world, and that will provide a feeling of security to future generations, whoever they may be.
And we have to champion those who are appropriate role models. We have to remind ourselves and our children of when we had a black President, who brought in healthcare for all and spread messages of equality. Every time Michelle Obama stood up and fought for women. When Nicola Sturgeon refused to stay silent about her view on Trump’s messages. Of the Instagrammers and Bloggers who fight against the negative messages that infiltrate many of those media.
If ever there was a time for us to believe in ourselves, and tell others to love themselves, it’s now.