Bernie is not gone or dead, and It’s not a zero sum game. Bernie and his supporters had a major impact both before and at the convention. Very few things in life or politics are (or should be) an “all or nothing” scenario. The spark he ignited should inspire you to be more involved in who you/we elect as politicians from the ground up. Very few people start at the top, in business, politics or life. You have to put in the work, the time, the energy to make change. Help build the USA you want to be part of. Don’t just wait until the election every four years to try to overhaul the entire system overnight. Bernie may have lost this nomination, but you can keep the ideals, ideas and intentions alive. I believe, in the end, we can have a stronger impact IF we unite and fight for the betterment of all. Even if you’re not thrilled by your remaining candidates, you’re not just voting for a person or party. You’re voting for a platform, a philosophy and a future you, your friends and family want to and can be part of. Every choice we make matters. We don’t always get the options we hope for, but we still get options. Do the best you can with what you’re given, then keep fighting for the changes you believe in. Don’t let anger and disappointment stop you. Let hope and optimism propel you forward and ask yourself who is closer to the ideas Bernie (and his supporters) embrace. Because your vote (or lack thereof) is going to help shape your future and the future of every person in the USA, one way or another.