Growing up, I was the peace keeper of the family. Like it or not, I learned to keep my opinions to myself. It was just easier that way. In general, that wasn’t really a big deal. After all, life is all about striking a balance between “give” and “take”.
But, when the balance is OFF, it’s time to do something about it — less you get taken advantage of. This is when it’s important to stand up for your rights, voice your opinion, and do so in the most positive manner possible.
As I said, I am all about peace. So when I first heard about women’s marches occurring around the nation, I was a little apprehensive. On one hand, I wanted to be a part of the anti-protest “protest” — to join the community of women, men, and children walking in unity to spread awareness of the seemingly obvious fact that we don’t want this nation to go backwards where rights for women, minorities, healthcare, etc. are involved.
On the other hand, I was seriously worried that there would be violent opposition and intolerance to the movement. I feared that there might be too much negativity and derogatory comments about the new president, and that those with opposing views OR the police would get ugly in response.
My fears took over my dreams and, by morning, I was considering backing out of my plans to join the march. However, I promised my long-time friend, who was visiting her daughter from out of state, that I would join them. I am a women of my word. I couldn’t back down now.
Everyone knows that violence is NOT the answer. It is just the reaction that will serve to further divide the nation in a time of uncertainty. So with a leap of faith, and a prayer or two, I put aside my fears and went. I reminded myself that there is a lot on the line: issues already on the chopping block that need to be saved.
I am glad that I did…
I was amazed to to see such a wide variety of people at the event. It wasn’t just women. It was men, women, and children of all ages and races. Everyone was friendly, courteous, and positive. The messages, hopes, and fears expressed were varied yet ALL IMPORTANT. And I was proud to be a part of it.