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Why I Don’t Protest

Colors are powerful tools. I use colors every day. You do, too. Every time you dress in the morning, when you eat, you subconsciously make decisions based on color. The color yellow is used to illustrate happiness and life. Like in a movie where the story hits the resolution and the sun comes out, representing happiness. Sunday, while marching in a pro-life rally, I noticed the signs and balloons were yellow, creating a fun atmosphere. Walking in a rally is a new experience for me. I am not the type to be waving signs around, But this march was truly different.

There are life decisions that bring about energy and there are others that bring anxiety. One of these examples can be food. What you eat can give you energy or make you tired. Since starting my New Years resolution of eating healthier and choosing to exercise more, I have been thinking about why certain choices give life more than others. I have been asking more questions of why. Why do I eat healthy? Why? Because it gives me energy. I feel better. There are so many things I personally stay away from because I want to live a fuller life. The healthier choice is never a quick fix and never easy. However, the benefits outweigh the bad.

I was walking down the streets of Chicago Sunday and noticed how excited everyone was despite the weather being -20 with wind chill. I loved the messages on the signs. One said, “Love Life”. The positive messages were powerful. The March for Life was not what I expected. The word “protest” is such a negative term. Protesting is like walking around a candy store with signs saying, “pro-gym”. This strategy would not work on me! I would probably throw chocolate bars at anyone walking around the store with a sign with the word “gym” on it.

Half way around Federal Plaza I realized we were not protesting the act of abortion. We were not even really marching for life. We were celebrating life. There were balloons, music and dancing. There were so many different kinds of people.

Being a Pre-Counseling student, I am passionate about encouraging others to make healthy choices and to live a full life. Colors are powerful and so are lives. Being apart of life-giving choices means you can be the yellow in the world. Lives matter. I don’t know what good protesting will do, but I do know what celebrating life does.

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