Eight days from now, January 21st, 2017, one of the largest demonstrations in my history will take place on Washington DC, with sister marches across the US and in more than 30 other countries around the globe.
I have been asked over and over why I am choosing to march. My answer is typically one of the basic statements behind the march: I am marching in solidarity, women's rights are human rights, etc. But the real answer is none of those. I am not choosing to march. I HAVE to march. In these recent times, there is no other option than to speak for our rights. There is no possibility of changing the outcome of November past and more importantly, I am not protesting your Republican; it is so much more than that.
@LaurMoneyMartin of Elite Daily wrote a fantastic article (find it here!) that really got me thinking about life and what it means to be a millennial. In the past six months my entire worldview has changed. Growing up I had always wanted to be a teacher. Go to college, move to the city, get a big-girl job, move to the burbs, get married, have kids, work until you’re 65 and hopefully have enough saved to retire; this is the format of what will be a riveting and inspirational life, they said.
Life is complicated, that's a given. I'm just here to talk through the rough patches, celebrate the successes of adulthood and figure out what the hell we're doing.