'I'm going to keep standing up.'
For people who saw Hillary Clinton as a much needed step forward for equality in this country, this week's loss was devastating.
When the 2016 presidential election results came in around 3 a.m. Eastern time on Nov. 9, many people were hit with waves of emotion as this dramatic election cycle came to a close.
What would come next for America?
Today, many people are grieving. But if you look around you, you'll also see people doing something remarkable: They aren't giving up.
Many folks have taken to social media to share beautiful and heart-wrenching but above all actionable words of resolve this week. These are people who still believe we're "stronger together," and they are standing tall. They're showing the nation that we will not be pushed down so easily.
So if you're feeling scared or angry or confused or sad, that's OK. It's important to take time to process the blow. But then, stand back up. The fight is not over. In fact, it's only just begun.
Here are five messages from fellow supporters that might help you get there:
1. This woman is feeling more resolved then ever to keep fighting.
2. Another is trying to help others while simultaneously looking out for her own mental health.
3. And, in the midst of fearing for this country, this man wants everyone to know he's first and foremost an ally.
4. Christina learned words of hope and action can come to us in many ways. Even via text.
5. And, in the face of feeling like "them" again, this Middle-Eastern American man simply asks others to have empathy.
Emotions only take us so far. In the coming weeks, action is the next step.
As Clinton said in her concession speech, "This loss hurts. But please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it."
It's not going to be easy, but we're not doing this alone.