There’s a Name for That Feeling of ‘What Now?’

Woman wearing face mask riding the bus.
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The Monday after the election, two days after the announcement of a winner ended an excruciating post-Election Day wait, my fellow Forge editors and I did a temperature check on the mood of the week. And in that moment, what we were feeling was… depleted. Freed from the nerve-wracking waiting game of an electoral unknown, we found ourselves battling an uneasy sense of “what now?”