By Lisa Pilkinton
What happens next? How can we make a change?
Well. What a turn out for all the Women’s Marches around the world this weekend, and I feel proud to have been a part of it.
Everyone seems to have a different take on the marches. People were marching for so many causes; people with different priorities; different social, political, economic, religious, scientific backgrounds and opinions. But, whatever people were marching for they were all saying: THIS IS NOT OKAY.
Personally, I was saying the whole system is not okay. The system is not okay in America; it is not okay in England; it is not okay on a GLOBAL scale.
We live in an intricate web, each person lives on a different part of a scale, of different spectra, of different values and of different beliefs. The fact that so many people from all areas made their priority on Saturday to came out and say thing are not right brings hope – a hope that we as individuals can become the masses and changes can be made.
So let’s ask , what can we as individuals do?
If everyone who turned out to march this weekend make one little change in their life, a difference will be made. If everyone who takes the time to complain about all that’s wrong with the world took a moment to ask what change they could make? The dream of change would start to become a reality.
As to what change to make, this is different for everyone. There is no ONE thing that can change the world, It’s the mass of little things that need a slight adjustment that will make a difference. If you were there on Saturday, what made you march? What do YOU care most about? Use that passion, put it to use, make a change in your life. Research your interest and what you can do, make your choices.
If you want somewhere to start; start small: Whats the first thing you do in the morning?
For me, I put my clothes on. What choices have I made there? What companies am I supporting? What billionaires am I giving my money to? Where were they made? Who made them? Do I agree with how they were produced? Does it contradict my human rights values? Is there a better place for me to buy my clothes? Can I afford to make that change? Can I simply buy a little less? What change can I make?
We are all consumers, our world runs on money – we either have it or don’t – and depending where we are on the scale varies our views and means but it is something we can use to make choices, to cast our votes. Just thinking about where you spend your money and what you spend it on is making choices and going for change. How small a change you make, or how big a change you make is up you, I just urge anyone and everyone to make a practical change.
Lets not attack one another for our choices, let’s just all think about the choices we have in front of us on a daily basis and use those choices to make change a reality.
Donald Trump may be taking a giant leap backward for mankind. Let’s not make it with him. Let us as “We the people” make a step forward, make a change, one step at a time and together. However small a step you may take, it is a step none the less, and you cannot make the next one without it.
The picture below shows Lisa demonstrating at the US Embassy in London last Saturday as part of the worldwide Women’s March.
© 2017 Lisa Pilkinton
Editor’s Note: Lisa is a contributing editor to the Mountain News and is based in London, where she works as a theatrical tech. Her essay today describes what she sees coming next in the wake of Saturday’s historic Women’s March.
As for me, I’m shopping around for a pussyhat. If you know where I can get one, please let me know.
- Bruce A. Smith, Editor