I’m marching this weekend with thousands of Seattle residents. The event is the shining beacon giving me hope and something to look forward to today.
The last few months have been marked with more political activism than my entire youth combined. I’ve been calling my representatives, hunting for reliable news sources, donating time and resources to organizations that need help and doubling down on strengthening community ties. Today? Today I’m giving myself a break and disconnecting from the negative.
Yesterday I finished editing the last of the photos from Las Vegas and teaching myself some Lightroom tricks along the way. It brought me joy to learn new tricks and has reinforced my motto. I’ve been continually asking myself “What drains your energy? What gives you energy?” – forcing myself to face both questions. The oversaturation of negative news and the powerlessness I feel drains my energy. The creative energy, learning new skills and community gives me energy.
Today, I’m staying in and editing photos from Vancouver B.C., focusing on the beauty rather than the sorrow and bitter reality that the day truly represents. Tomorrow, I hope to march next to you – literally and in spirit.