I march because I can no longer be silent. Silence is a luxury afforded a Country with a government that works for ALL of its citizens.
I march because I have the power to do so. For every woman who is held by fear, obligation, control, finances, disability or lack of understanding, I march for her.
I march because I love our Country and its founding principles. If we fail to exercise our democratic rights, we stand to lose them.
I march to be an example to my children. To show them the moral imperative to stand up for that what you believe.
I march because I believe in my womanhood and motherkind. It's time to celebrate that.
I march to add my face to the anonymous masses. To add my heart to the strength of the love movement.
I march because I am woman. Hear me roar.
Friday, January 13, 2017
Thank you. I am grateful for how you've sheltered me all these years. I needed your protection, I was fragile, I needed to heal. I felt so safe inside of you. Warm. As I grew, you stayed the same. I found myself shrinking, to fit inside of you. To stay safe. Warm.
But safety became a delusion. Because I had outgrown you. So I lived in denial, kept shrinking to fit. During my various growth spurts, I would stand-up, look around. I started to venture out, from time to time. Run, dance...play. Pain would come, I would retreat to you. Shrink myself as best I could. Hide.
The word I chose this year is "Open". My first step, dear box, is to not just venture outside, but to leave you behind entirely. I know there's another little girl, who needs your protection, during a vulnerable time. Hopefully she will be insightful enough to leave you behind as soon as she outgrows you, instead of continuing to hang on, as I have. Far, far too long.
And so, today, I write to tell you I'm leaving you. I'm moving on. I'm done shrinking to fit, denying myself the opportunity to stand in my pain and grow stronger in my own right. The pain will come, and I will no longer retreat. I will not seek shelter or safety. I will experience the pain and grow stronger. Perhaps I will need to reach out, but no longer will I run and hide.
I am Open.
I am Love.
I am Resilience.
I am Mee.