I wanted a project that would help me channel my upset feelings into something constructive. Since the election results were so upsetting to me, I imagined that a lot of other people would be similarly rattled. I worried that people might have an intense emotional reaction to the election results, and then become frustrated and jaded, which could lead to inaction in the long term. My hope for these stickers was to encourage people to take care of their emotional selves in a way that would make them more able to resist Trump’s impact long term.
I went to the protest in Boston Common that day and handed the stickers out to people there. Some people weren’t sure what I was giving them, but others seemed grateful and touched/encouraged.
It is really discouraging to feel like I don’t have control over what’s going on in our government when it seems to be creating so much harm. But I want to believe (and I think I do believe) that taking small actions to resist is better than doing nothing. My thought is that there are so many people who oppose Trump and his administration, and if a lot of people do small things, those many small things can have a real positive impact.