This morning did not turn out how I expected. To be totally honest, I am not certain as to what I expected. I know I expected Hillary Clinton to win, but I also expected a feeling of relief that this election cycle is finally over. I guess I also expected fallout from Trump losing. Maybe violence in some places, maybe protests that the election was "rigged".
So on one hand, I feel relief that there will be no long, drawn out process of confirming votes and calming voters down over the fairness of the election. On the other hand, we now have four years of soon-to-be President Donald J. Trump to look forward to.
Until I heard his acceptance speech, I despaired about our future. But the man who accepted the job as President was different than the man who campaigned. Trump asked people to come together, "as one united people". He praises Hillary Clinton for all of her hard work, and acted like a sane man. Maybe, just maybe, he will surprise us all in his role as President.
In the end, I still have hope, hope for the future and hope for the United States. To quote Franklin D. Roosevelt:
We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.