Ah, Erik, I appreciate your efforts to shine optimism on a pessimistic situation. You have a gentle heart, and I am grateful for your hopeful words. Unfortunately, I am beyond the place where words can ease my worry.

I apologize if I’ve been horribly pessimistic and defeated in our conversations. I didn’t consider how helpless that may make you feel when you are trying so valiantly to raise my spirits. Please forgive me for that inconsideration. It’s just that in my life, particularly at work, many people are Trump supporters so I can’t talk freely. At home and amongst our friends, we are all so discouraged and outraged, we often avoid talking about our current political situation.

We went to a pre-Thanksgiving dinner party attended by liberals and people of our political persuasions. Much of the talk turned to politics. The fear and outrage was palpable and, frankly, exhausting and discouraging. Even those who believe we can win back power in upcoming state elections and in the presidential election in three years, agreed that it will take decades to reverse the harm that has been and will be done before the tide turns. I am unlikely to live long enough to see us return to where we were last year, much less make additional progress.

Again, I apologize for being so dark in my predictions for the future and so blatantly honest about the present.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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