It's hard not to get caught up in what's been happening since the new president has been in office. My Washington Post app notification goes off literally three or four times a day, with yet another update on what's been happening under the new president. With that said, this will be one of my very first moments I speak up openly about "politics" with the general public and not in a private/safe circle.
I personally know a handful of people who voted for DT and with the belief and hope that "America (will be) great again". However, as each day passes by, I also see more and more posts of disappointment, fear, and embarrassment of realizing that we are going further and further away from "America (being) great again". So many lives have been affected and changed in a matter of a week. It's been unbelievable how much has changed and how many lives have been affected within a span of 10 days or so.
To be honest, it wasn't until the refugee ban that really got me scared for the future... more specifically, knowing what's been happening in the major airports across the nation. However, it was also so moving and touching to see so many people (strangers and friends) united to show love and support of what's right and just, either through the internet or even some physically being at the airport. Watching news updates and seeing clips of reunions taking place brought me to tears on several occasions.
As silly as it might be, this also reminded me of the opening scene of "Love Actually" and this quote...
Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there... If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling that love actually is all around.
I am gloomy with the state of our country. But I also see the love that binds our country together. I just hope we don't lose sight of that... I don't want to have to "look for it". I want it to be bursting in vibrant colors, from all directions, with no reservations or judgement.
Airport reunions are one of the most sweet moments one can experience; full of happiness, excitement, and joy. I can't imagine the amount of relief, excitement, joy, and patriotism those who were detained felt when they walked out of the gate and embraced their loved ones amongst strangers who support them.
I hope there will be more airport reunion emotions in our near future.