This past Saturday, I attended the 20th anniversary of the “Million Man March.” I was supposed to go with someone but they could not make it. The “old” me would have stayed home, but I got up and got dressed. I was a little nervous because I knew the march was going to draw thousands of people from all over the U.S.
Walking towards the march, I noticed several people in their groups going to support this rally. I walked alone, slightly paranoid at first, until I got mixed up in the crowds. Once there, I was just another person in the crowd. I actually felt very comfortable amongst this group of rally supporters. I suddenly realized that nobody was paying me any attention and I got out of my own head as well and involved myself in the movement that was taking place.
By attending this event, I had the opportunity to listen to the words of encouragement and optimism by so many motivating speakers. I was also able to feel, firsthand, the energy from the crowd and their hopes for peace, justice, and equality.
What bothers me is that I had to talk myself into going because I really didn’t want to go alone. The reality is that there were over 35,000 people there so I wasn’t going to be alone. Getting comfortable with going places by myself is a process that isn’t going to happen overnight, but what I realized is that if I display self-confidence, I will be okay. Check me out at the march – enjoying myself, no less!