I do not usually write about politics on this blog; there are plenty of other writers on the internet and elsewhere who can write about it much more eloquently. But this morning, when I woke up to the news that Donald Trump would be the next US president, my heart sank. Coming a few months after the UK voted to leave the EU, I don't like the idea of both the US and UK pulling up their drawbridges, in both cases because of campaigns that were driven by fear and hatred.
So today I am
living by the motto 'Hope, not hate', and have seen that many people are
doing the same, with my Facebook and Instagram feeds full of acts of
kindness. I have started crocheting a rainbow ripple blanket to donate
to charity (I will be sending it to Knit for Peace, who are happy to
find worthy homes for any item you wish to knit or crochet, from
blankets for premature babies, to hats for refugees), because there are
people in need all around the world who are more than just pawns in the
game of politics, and I feel that with the current course that politics
is following, the number of people in need is only set to increase. So
today, and for the future, share a smile, help where you can, and
remember, 'hope, not hate'.