Words and art by Kate Schneider.
The election left me wanting to withdraw from the world. At first, I felt defeated that my response was to retreat rather than reach out, but when I visualized myself as a seed I felt better. I am harnessing my energy and exercising self care. I know that true strength and power has nothing to do with force. It is about vulnerability and empathy. I refuse to let this harden me to the world. I will stay small and soft, and when I am ready I will plant myself where I can. I will stay open and I will keep growing.”