When I shot this look after the Fourth of July, I was very ambivalent about posting it. There were numerous thoughts running through my head but what stood out the most was if people were going to judge me for wearing red, white and blue shortly after Independence Day. It was merely a coincidence that I was representing the USA so patriotically but my ambivalence on breaking a fashion rule almost ruined such a successful photo shoot.
It's a new era in fashion- there are no rules. -Alexander McQueen
This natural human behavior led me to thinking about all the rules we get so caught up abiding by due to the fear of being ourselves. Now don't get me wrong, I don't sit around seeking approval from people before I get things done but as a human being and like many others, I am guilty of occasionally being distracted by what my appearance may seem to others.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. - Maya Angelou
I immediately stop these negative thoughts with a friendly reminder that nobody is perfect and I can't live life worrying about everyone's opinion of me. As long as I am happy doing what I love without harming anyone, (fashion or life related) nothing really matters! Had I insisted on changing my outfit, I wouldn't have had the opportunity to even write this blogpost.
If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies how different our ideals of beauty would be.- Anonymous
There is truly one life to live and unless anyone could prove me otherwise, I highly recommend living it for YOU. Do what you love, because if you were doing anything else someone will complain anyway. As my best friend would always tell me, "Stop doubting yourself and letting people question you!" It's okay to have a personal taste in things in life because we were made differently and I mean how boring would the world be if we were all clones?
We are often so focused on what people do, what they have in comparison to us and how we appear to them that we don't bother answering what's more valuable to us:
- What is my purpose? If I can't answer that, which is okay, am I soul searching for the answer?
- What is are my current goals? What am I doing to achieve these goals? Am I setting goals that are easily achievable? If so, how can I write BIGGER goals and go HARDER for them?
- What makes me feel good both internally and externally? What can I do to implement that in my daily routine?
It's so important for us to find our purpose by focusing on what matters the most to us while ignoring the silly rules that someone woke up and decided to set in stone. If there's anything I'd like you to take from this post is that you should live your truth and do what feeds your soul.
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