I am not ashamed to admit that the election crushed my spirit in a way that it has never been crushed before. However, if there is one positive takeaway for me from the election (and what the next four years has in store for us), it is that I am more me than I have ever been.
The issues that are and were important to me are no longer just thoughts and feelings but instead they are actions and statements. I am more willing to take a stand for what I believe in and to own the labels that define who I am and how I live my life. It is empowering to step into myself wholly and unapologetically. This is who I am and I not afraid to take up space in this world.
One such way that I am taking action is by attending and participating in the Women’s March on Washington tomorrow. A group of badass women and I are making the trek from Michigan to D.C. because it really is that important. If you are not able to make it to D.C. there are plenty of Sister Marches throughout the country so I urge you to find one near you.
I’ve loved reading all of the stories from people about why they are marching and I wanted to share my why with you. Although I have to admit it is not easy to sum it all up succinctly because my reasons are so all-encompassing.
I am marching because my eyes are wide open. I am very aware of what is happening and I can’t turn a blind eye to it. The time is now to stand up for what I believe in and to help enact change for the better.
I am a woman.
I am a Mom. More specifically a boy Mom and I have a strong sense of duty to leave this world a better place for him and all the other generations behind me. I want to show my son what it means to be a strong woman and a strong person. I have a tremendous impact on how he sees women, how he feels about women and how he treats women. If I only get one thing right as a parent, it must be this. I also want to show him that his beliefs and values are worth fighting for.
I am a feminist. I believe in that not so radical notion that women (and all people) are equal.
I am a deep feeler. I am empathetic to those who do not walk the same path as me. Just because something doesn’t impact me directly doesn’t mean that I should turn the other way. We are stronger together.
I believe in giving people the power and the opportunity to make choices about their own lives even if I would not make those same choices for myself.
And lastly, I feel this unbelievable pull to go that I can’t ignore. I need to go. I have to go. I am answering the call.