Worried about being alone at a “Million Man March”

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!

1444508708181

5 Comments

  1. You are welcome. I think a big challenge, for me anyway, is the unfamiliarity of doing things alone and developing that comfort zone. I believe it gets better over time. What I have come to realize is once I get out there, it’s not as scary as I had envisioned. My objective is to share my experiences to hopefully take some of the fear out of the unknown and encourage others to just live your lives, of course, with caution.

    Thanks for your comments and encouragement. Please feel free to share some of your experiences as well.

  2. Lee I can definitely relate to these blogs!! It’s a challenge stepping back into the single life after being married for a number of years — your comments were so encouraging and uplifting thanks for the boost!
    Ms Once Again

I would love to hear your thoughts or comments.