Dear America...

Dear America,

We just elected our 45th president. Donald Trump.

Don’t worry, this isn’t some article on how he’s awful and how Hillary should have won. Not even close. Actually. It’s not even about President Trump. It’s about us. The people of the United States of America. I may not have a lot of followers, but I want to get this out into the world in hopes that for those who are struggling with this decision, that it will help you. At least I’m hopeful it will.

We live in a time where a reality TV star/Business man is now president (this isn’t the first time America elected someone from “Hollywood”). We live in a time where racism and sexism are still present in everyday life. Then there is the LGBT community. For all of the years that you have suffered at the hands of ignorance. It doesn’t seem to ever end. We live in a time where a white man can rape a woman and get away with 3-6 months of jail time. But a black man has to spend 60+ years in prison if he was even accused of rape. We live in a time where women make 21.7% LOWER than men. And where those who work to support their families aren’t even making a living wage. We live in a time where there is over-saturation in media. The news. All it shows is all of the bad, the corrupt, death, disease, suffering. These things happen on a daily basis. I can’t even watch the news anymore because of that. That doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s going on.

Men are taught that it’s ok to grab a woman in public, that it’s ok to rape them, hit them, and verbally assault them. That people of other cultures (Black, Hispanic, Muslim, etc.) are the enemy and all of them are the same. That it’s wrong for a man and a man or a woman and a woman to get married. That women should just accept that they will never be as successful as a man, that they have to look a certain way, act a certain way.

None of this is ok. None of it. Period.

We should be a united people. Not divided. It shouldn’t matter what political party you’re in. What should matter, is what kind of person you are.

I try and surround myself with like minded people. And those people give me hope. Hope that we, the people of the United States of America, can change. Not because of an elected official. But because we want to change. We want a better world for our children. We want a better future.

So instead of making fun of Clinton supporters, or Liberals, or Republicans. Let’s try something different. Let’s try and make light of the situation and regain control of our country. Stop the bullying, stop the hate. 

I know some people will think I’ve lost my mind. And will probably say negative comments. We are all entitled to freedom of speech. And this is my opinion. We need work with one another to make this country great. New president or not. 

Kristy Kronas is a Certified Personal Trainer in the burbs of Chicago. She is a single parent and author with a children's book being published this winter! She has a passion for lifting, boxing, kayaking, and a hatred of running. Watch out for her new venture this January when she launches a daily podcast called the 'Daily Donut.' If you have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, shoot her an email!


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