I have noticed that a lot of younger people (Millennials) are having a hard time digesting last night’s election results. After really thinking about it, I believe I figured out why (and, if you’re new to this “losing side” thing, how to cope).
Before I get into the nitty gritty details, allow me to say one thing: I am NOT digging on you liberal 20 (and early 30) somethings. Many of you haven’t had to go through this before, and that’s okay. Now take a deep breath, and let’s get down to it.
So if you’re in your 20's and voted Democrat in every presidential election, you’ve won each time. You were told hope and change are the only ways to better America, and only Democrats can do that. You voted for Obama twice, and he won twice. Why would this year be any different? Because history, that’s why. Ever since 1952, Democrats and Republicans generally trade off holding the presidency. This is a normal occurrence that shouldn’t be dismissed.
If this is indeed your first loss, let’s go over how to cope with it.
1. You can be upset, but don’t overreact. Social media has trained people to blurt out any feeling that they have, no matter how irrational or overzealous. Just take a step back and think, “Does this comment help us heal, or create division between myself and others?” We don’t need more division in this country, as now is the time for us to come together and cooperate with each other.
2. Don’t insult the other side of the aisle. This is tough to do, and I get it. You have the urge to yell every single epithet you know at every single person who voted for Trump. Don’t do it. Lose with class, even if that means swallowing your pride and biting your tongue.
3. Take a moment, collect yourself, and repeat after me: it will be okay. It will be okay.
IT WILL BE OKAY.
4. Remind others having a hard time with their loss to not besmirch their political adversaries. This is a group effort here. Our goal as a society is to be civil. If you can’t be civil, that makes YOU the uncivilized party. Don’t be that guy/girl/person.
It doesn’t matter how the other side acted when they lost four or eight years ago. It doesn’t matter if some Trump supporter is trying to rub “their victory” in. It doesn’t matter how you feel, or how you perceive this election impacting you. BE THE BIGGER PERSON.
And yes, I’d be saying this to Trumponians if Clinton won.
Let’s all move forward as companions and not enemies.