We’re all currently riding the waves of uncertainty that came along with the election results. Some citizens are still hoping to see Hillary Clinton become the next president (seriously, there’s a small chance it could happen). Miley Cyrus has stopped crying and started a new, bada$$ political movement that will lift your spirits. And now Hillary herself has stepped out for her first public appearance since the election, and her speech was all about hope.

Hillary Clinton

She took the stage at an event held in her honor by the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, DC (which was where Hillary started her career as a staff attorney) and delivered an emotional and totally hopeful speech. “Coming here wasn’t the easiest for me,” she admitted to the crowd. “There’ve been a few times this past week where all I’ve wanted to do is to curl up with a good book or the dog and never leave the house again.” OMG, we totally feel you.

She added, “I know many of you are deeply disappointed about the results of the election. I am too, more than I can express. But… I didn’t get into public service to hold high office.” Instead, it was always her goal to use her position to help children, and that’s what she plans to continue to do in the future.

“I know this isn’t easy. I know that over the past week, a lot of people have asked themselves whether America is the country they thought it was,” she continued, echoing what so many have been feeling. But she added, “Listen to me when I say this: America is worth it. Our children are worth it. Never, ever give up.”

And how do we move forward when things look so dire? Well, Clinton urges us not to “lose heart” and to “stay engaged on every level.” *pinky swear*

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(h/t People; photo via Bastiaan Slabbers/Getty)