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  • Valentina Solci

What Now? Today and the Next Four Years

Reflection on the present and the possible future

Whoever voted, has done their part in terms of this Presidential Election cycle. As of today, we must rest and be patient as we await the results of the election. In doing so, active citizens and first time voters can rest assure that they've contributed and made their voices heard. As a first time voter, Gen-Zer and woman of color, this election means a lot to me as it is my first time being legally qualified to vote and I am thankful to have the means to do so.

There is a whole lot that can happen within the next four years, but regardless of who is in charge, there are three words that persist in my mind: courage, resilience, and optimism. We must always remain courageous as we participate in civic engagement and fight for social justice. Life, in general, requires courage especially if you want to live a life filled with risk and uncertainty. 2020 has taught us many lessons, but nothing more than the power of resilience and adaptability. Life is but a mystery and can bring about sudden change out of nowhere. Thus, it is important to remain as malleable as possible and train yourself to adapt and thrive in whatever circumstances life throws your way. Finally, what is life without a little hope and optimism. If you've been following and reading my work for a while now, you know that I am a true advocate for living life through an optimistic lense. At least for me, the power of optimism has proven itself to be real across various situations. Therefore, I see it being, yet again, a useful tool to help carry us through the rest of 2020 and the upcoming four years.

On a final note, I think it is important to take a moment to appreciate a very specific aspect of this presidential election regardless of your political views and social standing. Again, as a young woman of color, I am utterly grateful to be able to live and witness an election where a successful, intelligent, and inspirational woman of color is chosen to run for Vice President. Considering the history of our nation, this is monumental regardless of the election results. Honestly, even thinking globally, this is a progressively historic moment as the international governmental landscape has always been dominated mostly by men. I won't continue speaking further on this - I simply wanted to stop and take a moment to truly appreciate this aspect of the election cycle.

Sending you love and light!

Love always and forever,



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