23 National Nightmares We’ve Already Overcome

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Screengrab, “Grey Gardens,” courtesy: The Maysles Brothers, and Portrait Films, Inc

In the seemingly hopeless wake of the unfavorable and potentially dangerous end to a divisive election cycle, we reflect on other hardships we’ve managed to endure.

This is a tough time for the American people. Minorities feel rightfully abandoned, oppressors feel delusionally attacked, and your Facebook feed feels like it could provide ample material for the next 100 seasons of American Horror Story. Likely, regardless of your party affiliation, you have experienced moments of intense panic, overwhelming fear, and absolute uncertainty about what lies ahead for our country and its citizens. I’m not here to tell you not to be afraid. I’m here to remind you, good people of this nation, that this is not the first time we’ve been one nation, united in our collective unrest. Let’s take little trip back into the darkness, through the hard times, all the while remembering that we, eventually, through much plight and determined solidarity, found our way back to the light.

(A quick note before beginning: I am just as terrified, heartbroken, shaken, and lost as the rest of our women, POC, LGBTQs, and all of our allies. Taking the time to grieve is crucial. It’s also necessary to step away and practice self-care. When that needs to happen is up to you, and there is no time frame that is wrong. But this post is for those of us who need a break, and who need to be reminded that there is still a place where light can and will exist in this world. Onward. Always, onward.)

Spoilers may appear for any TV shows, movies, and books mentioned ahead.