The past Saturday, January 21 2017 was one of the best days of my life. It was filled with peace, love, support, fantastic signs, powerful chants and a million people of all ages, races & sexes surrounding me calling out for basic rights. It felt magical to be in the middle of this crowd. The news reports and photos don’t come close to showing the true mass of people in attendance.
For friends that wanted to march but couldn’t, your presence was felt. I can’t explain what it felt like to be there, but know that you were there in spirit.
For the people who are thinking “what was the point? seems like a waste of time”, I marched for you. I marched for everything you don’t know is happening to you and around you and to the people you love.
I’m sad for the people who didn’t get to feel what I was able to feel this weekend (it was euphoric), and it’s going to give me the strength to get through these next 4 years and beyond. I need to keep that feeling and spirit alive in me everyday. Don’t get discouraged, because there are others who feel the same way I do and we won’t be silenced. It’s the actions we take now that matter. Donate. Volunteer. Peacefully protest. Set a good example. Sign petitions. Show up. Get your voice heard.
My sister gave me great advice recently when I asked her how to be around people who were promoting hateful ideas, specifically if it’s a relative of family friend. My instinct is to both get mad and disengage. She told me that we need to set an example. It’s not a time to run away to avoid that negativity, but be someone that they can look up to. Battles and arguments don’t often end with one side saying “you’re right”. Let your actions as a good person speak for you. Set an example that they can’t ignore. If you’re volunteering and helping people and living your life in a positive way, let them see what they are missing out on.
The Women’s March website is listing a new challenge to promote change, with 1 challenge released every 10 days for Trumps first 100 days in office. For the first challenge you have 10 days to send a postcard to your representatives. In my case this will be a postcard of gratitude for their hard work of promoting positive change + equality, as well as words of encouragement so they know that I’m fighting the fight by their side. We are all in this together.