"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." – J.R.R. Tolkien
I am at a loss for words today. I had such high hopes for my country. I truly believed that despite all of the discourse and the hateful rhetoric and propaganda, love would overcome. But today, I am afraid. I am afraid for the people whose autonomy, dignity, and freedom are now at risk. I am afraid for the backlash that marginalized groups will face now that the US has willingly elected a president who intentionally tapped into a culture of white supremacy and patriarchy to drive his campaign. I am afraid of the existential threat our future president poses to our country and our world. But so long as we continue to choose love over darkness, hope is not lost.
Today, I am in mourning. But tomorrow and every day after that, the sun is going to rise and I will wake up and choose to notice and experience the beauty that is still left in the world. I will choose to love and support the downtrodden and fight for their dignity and freedom. And I hope that somewhere along the way, I'll figure out how to reflect this in my art. I believe that through art and music and literature, we can make the world better. No matter what freedoms are taken from us, we can continue to create things that are meaningful. As I've said before, Without Roots was a project I originally pursued as a means of finding and capturing light and beauty during a period of darkness in my life. Now, in the face of such adversity, it appears that my work here isn't done.
As for the photos contained in this post, I honestly don't have a whole lot to say about them. But I will say that I'm thinking about this day and remembering how small I felt standing before such a vast element and watching the waves crash against the rocky shore beneath me. When I revisit these photos, I can vividly remember how free I felt and how at peace I was with the world. Sometimes, I think a part of me belongs to the sea. And on days like today, I wish I could simply dissolve into the sand and feel nothing but the changing tides.
Wishing everyone peace, love, and happiness regardless of who you voted for. But to those of you who are left feeling betrayed and abandoned by your country, I'm sending extra love your way.