Hi Internet, it’s me.
I know it’s been way too long but so much has happened in the past year that I kind of put this blog on the back burner but I’m here now… okay? Please forgive me.
Anyway… yesterday was the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March and I was so excited that I was able to attend this year. So even with bronchitis, I bundled up and headed into New York City and I’m so happy that I did. It was one of the most empowering feelings to be amongst a crowd filled with like-minded people filled with support for eachother.
Normally when you walk through the streets of Manhattan, the thing to do is put your head down, keep walking and just get where you’re going. But during the march, you’re talking to complete strangers, reading and complimenting their signs without even learning their first names. All you know is that they’re standing next you because they believe what you believe and are also willing to fight for it. It was a refreshing feeling and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The overwhelming message throughout the march was the impact of the 2016 presidential election had on a groundbreaking number of women across the country who ran for office and won. It was motivating to see a large number of strong women feel empowered enough to actually go out and be the change we are marching for on these streets. It gives me hope seeing people in positions of power who have a vision to ensure that ALL Americans are treated with equality and respect and they have the legal capabilities to make it law.
The speeches that were made were touched my heart and had me shedding tears on the open streets and public transit. Halsey’s speech in particular really broke my heart and reminded me of why we still march and rally. We need our voices heard and we want to make sure we are listened to. The struggles that we face unites us to fight harder and bring change.
The most important part thing to take away from this march was how important it is to vote during EVERY election. Come November, we will show up for midterms and vote to see the change we want and need in office.
So to wrap this up, I want to give the most special shoutout to all of the beautiful sisters (not just cis-ters) who marched and to the ones who wanted to but couldn’t. I definitely felt the love radiating through this wonderful city and I’m only more hopeful for what’s next.
Song of the day: Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce.