When it comes to government, it’s important for people to be involved with their country. Since I’m young, I’m doing my best to expose myself to different kinds of events, viewpoints, and experiences now so I can have a better grasp of what I believe and why I believe it.
Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball ♥♥♥
I’m a Texas gal, so we decided to attend the Black Tie & Boots Ball instead of one of the other (& more formal) options. I was one of the only people there under the age of 35, yet I still had a blast. The ball consisted of a Beach Boys concert, lots of meeting-and-greeting, and about an hour wandering around, lost from my group. The only regret I had was the 5-inch Tory Burch heels I decided to wear instead of my little 3-inch ones I was originally going to sport. This was not an event of sitting and making small conversation, but one where the entertainment is walking around to different groups, introducing yourself and standing the whole time. Eventually, I gave in and spent a good 45 minutes in the restroom area because that’s the only place where seating was available. It’s such a cool thing to have the experience of attending an Inaugural Ball and it’s something I’ll never forget.
Inauguration Day ♥♥♥♥
Hectic. We attended a brunch that morning, not far from Capitol Hill. From there was a short walk through a large group of protestors to where the Inauguration itself would take place. Security was heavy and we couldn’t make it all the way to where our seats were supposed to be, so we just stood further back to watch and listen from a distance. We saw the Obamas, Bidens, Trumps, and many others. Since I had only seen them in photos and on TV, it was kind of funny to finally realize they were actual real life people. The ceremony was long, but in no way boring. I absorbed everything I could from the experience and am using it to grow, develop, and push myself to know and stand up for what I believe in.
Politics are a touchy subject, especially right now, and I am not making this post to share my own viewpoints or to put down anyone else’s. I am still working out my own political thoughts, so I’m saving that for another time–a time when I know exactly how I feel about certain matters and can properly back myself up with facts. I am only here to talk about the experience itself and share what a wonderful time I had in D.C. It truly was an event of a lifetime and worth every minute of school I missed. (: