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Will You be Part of History?

Last night I went to a great event at the Harvard Club in midtown. Everyone was decked out, including the two drag queens in attendance (they were rocking killer heels!). I love going to gay events, everyone is so nice, and so well dressed! Edie Windsor was the guest of honor. If you don’t know who she is, you should really find out. Basically, she’s the Martin Luther King Jr. of our time, making huge changes for the equal rights movement.

Edie Windsor and Hilary Rowland

We had a chance to listen to Edie’s personal ¬†history, and whats changed since the momentous marriage equality¬†victory. Most of us in the crowd had a hard time not tearing up when Edie spoke of her wife (who had passed away four years ago) and the love they shared. SO sweet!

I was lucky enough to speak with Edie, and for a woman in her eighties, she has remarkable presence. And so much energy! She reminded me of Betty White (they sorta look alike too!). If I was Betty White, I’d be getting someone in Hollywood to make a movie about Edie so I could star in the leading role, LOL. Listening to her stories, you realize how significant this decision was, and what it means for society as a whole.

Edie and I snapped a pic together, and I realized that it would be a photo I’ll always cherish. I mean really, how often do you get to be part of history? I can’t imagine what it’s going to be like to see that picture in 20 or 30 years from now.

I now feel that much more inspired to be part of history. To be part of making the world more equal, more loving, and more kind. We all have that capability. I challenge all of you reading this (including myself) to look in the mirror each morning, and ask yourself “What am I doing to make the world a better place?” Whether it’s supporting LGBT rights, women’s issues, income inequality, or any social injustice, we can all make a difference. I want to be able to look back on my life in 20 or 30 years, and feel proud of the person I was, and all the people I helped. Spend some time thinking about how you’ll want to see yourself in the future. It’ll be a great way to help you be the person you want to be today. Let’s face it, you rock! Be part of history! It’s feels sooooo good.

Love, Hilary

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