After a long and emotional election season, I need to cling to something positive. I feel as if I've been riding on a political river of wild rapids, sometimes being tossed over into the chilly water. And the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in the wee hours of Wednesday morning did little to help with that feeling. Thankfully, I've the camaraderie of smart and funny friends serving as the life jacket that kept me afloat throughout this entire election cycle. Even though I'm still a little shaken up, I'm choosing to focus on the things that are still great about America that I'll make sure my kid knows, because I want him to learn how to persevere. And it's a lesson I'll only grow stronger in by sharing these things with my child.
I want my son to understand that even one person has the power to do great things. Good deeds, valiant efforts, and change-making happens on a sliding scale, with no attempt too small. I want him to start understanding that one of the best ways to boost your mood and lift your spirits is to gain perspective. Although our culture is far from perfect, with plenty of ugly baggage to sort out, when you take a close look, there is a ton of positive stuff to vibe on.
So before you let the gloom take over, get pumped up about these 21 things that are still great about America, and you can enjoy as a citizen.