Yes, a bit of relief and over-met expectations of bleak nothingness. Substance, hope, relief at both the ending of a failed dictatorship (complete with coup), but things went smoothly (other than the unfortunate reality of massive troop presence.)
As for what WE do? a) "Who is WE, Kemosabe?" b) We start at the beginning.
I mean, "we" (the enemy as ID'd by Pogo) is "us" (I am he as you are me as...)
And we are so polarized, fractured, in hardened in belief systems, constantly reinforced by whatever bubbles we inhabit. Some want to return to days of wine & roses, others will never be the same following so much loss of lives, livelihoods, etc. While I know its a cop-out to just throw out tags, cliches, or bumper stickers, as I do too, with my shorthand #MakeAmericaSaneAgain
, but truly a first step is self-appraisal and some sort of consensus that WE ALL HURT. Some react in anger, some in denial, and many, many are profoundly depressed & traumatized.
So I don't have "the" answers, beyond opening our eyes and seeing where we were and where we are now, and setting about to work towards re-building society and all that comes with it: confidence in the future, sense of security and personal safety/well-being, and just putting down the #)$^ n weapons and words of hate and division. Of course, "YMMV" individually and regionally, And a huge problem remains which is the media (nee "news") that is constantly promoting discord, anger, and the "big lies". Some of "them" are depressed now too, as not a single lie came true (e.g., Q) and the fact is people are dying "like we've never seen before" And so many reactions co-exist with so much "processing" going on now that the floods of non-stop lies, crises, hate & fear mongering, etc., are paused for at least a few days. (Is it not surreal to have 2 whole days without nonstop lies, calls for hate and blame, and refusal to acknowledge reality at all?)
Well... here we are. Many stages ahead. For many it is mourning. For some it is morning. Most of us will "see what happens" but this time we're being told facts and seeing realistic responses to the existential issues & threats we face now.
Think that about covers it from my POV (as psychologist and American).