On January 21, 2017, millions of women and men all across the world joined together in solidarity for the protection of our rights and freedoms. And I have never felt more welcome in a crowd of strangers.
"This is more than just a single day of action. This is the beginning of a movement to protect, defend, and advance human rights, even in the face of adversity."
I heard about the Women's March a few days prior to it happening, but quickly lost interest in attending because I thought it was just in LA (for Southern California). It would have been impossible for me to attend if it was, so I didn't want to get my hopes up.
Alas, the day before the march, I was on instagram and was told that there were "Sister Marches" happening all around the world. I quickly typed in my zip code and saw that there were two happening within a reasonable distance from me. I texted my friend, Annie, on a whim (but also secretly knowing she'd be down) to ask if she wanted to go. LONG STORY SHORT, she said yes, and so our plans for the next day were set :)
"NO ONE IS FREE, WHEN OTHERS ARE OPPRESSED."
The march was incredible and I've never felt more empowered, exhilarated, elated, inspired, or motivated. Everyone was so passionate and so filled with love. It was amazing to see and to be in. I was always somewhat afraid to attend these events...and I'm not quite sure why.
Maybe I afraid to show the public what I stood for.
Maybe I afraid to use my platform to advocate my own views.
Maybe I didn't feel as passionate as those who surrounded me.
Although that ^ is not an excuse. Every bit of passion you have is relevant and is worth something.
I should have been going to these events sooner.
We made history today.
I'm proud of me, you and all of us for banding together to show the world that as a community, we really can achieve anything.
I always gave America a bad rap for being a "horrible" compared to other countries around the world. But despite whatever policies, political officials, or controversy that we have, the people are incredible, and I think the Women's March really showed that. I'm so proud to be American because of our ability to come together as friends and family to stand up for what we believe is right.
Millions of people around the world came together on the same day to stand together for human rights. Let's keep going ✊