Monday, July 24, 2017
~ Glam Bag Philosophies ~ Boldly Be, Uniquely You ~ July 24th, 2017 ~
If you follow me on socials then you already know that drawing peacock's is one of my "things". I'm not sure my fascination with them. I guess it is their regal way of being. So beautiful and seemingly knowing just how beautiful they are they decide when you will get to see the most detailed parts of them, their fan feathers. So intricate in detail and so specific to each bird. I am drawn to things, people, animals, ideals that aren't afraid to be exactly what they are, however different or unconventional as that may be. Unicorns (yes, I know unicorns aren't "real", chillax), Mermaids the Unicorns of the Sea (yes I know Mermaids aren't "real", calm down and don't let Ariel hear you say that!!), and Peacocks, which are real. I did not make them up....I don' think. While each of these are apart of a grouping each one is portrayed visually as unique unto themselves. The eye's on a peacocks tail feathers are unique to each specific bird. While they may all look the same when in a bunch, if you look closely you'll start to see their differences.
Kinda similar to humanity is it not?! When you view us all together we kind of look the same, sound the same, act the same, but when you get to know us individually you start to see the uniqueness, the differences, the things that make me, Stacie and the things that make you, you. One of my creative outlets is cosmetics. I truly enjoy putting on my make-up. Sometimes I put on make-up even if I am not leaving the house. It makes me happy in the same way that the color pink, glitter or Jack Davis make me happy, simply. I don't know the intricate deep rooted reasoning as to why I love these things so absolutely, I just do, and that comforts me. It confirms to me that I am a specific, individual creature that God has chosen to give the gift of life to. I may, when with my flock, heard or school look like the rest, but when you get to know me you quickly see that I am a bit different, as are you.
I have shared it before, but I think it is something that bears repeating, God made you, specifically you with purpose. The things that make you different are the things that will give you a outlet, ministry, voice, and power. I am unsure if it is our similarities that bring us together or the shared burdens of our differences. I post my highs and lows because I know that for me it is important to see those posts. I don't want anyone looking at my curated socials thinking I have it made or that life is perfect. NO WAY!!! I also don't want to be a constant Debbie Downer, I mean, the world has enough. So, I do my best to use the platforms I have to share a hope of balance, understanding, sympathy, empathy, insight, clarity, and really just community. I want people to think, "if she can, I can" or "I'm not the only one with this hurt, struggle, baggage, illness, experience, etc.".
There is a difference in being uniquely you and rebelling against how God made you. The enemy will in every way he can try to convince you that the only use for that uniqueness is rebellion, hate, and being stand off-ish. That is a lie. To be an individual doesn't always mean you have to put up a fight. I have seen so many cause a ruckus because they think that is what "has" to be done in order to be seen as unique and to have a voice. I disagree with that thought.
Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
If the God of the universe can know every star by name, then He probably knows yours too!! You are known. You are loved. You are perfect just the way you are. I am reminded of a verse from a popluar song that is out right now by Alessia Cara called "Scars to Your Beautiful". The line goes, "...you don't have to change a thing, the world can change its heart", BEAUTIFUL!!!! Perfect, beautiful, TRUE verse if ever there were one. Before you make yourself ill to fit a pant size, before you go having something nipped or tucked out of vanity, before you start thinking you are just like everyone else, KNOW that you are perfect just the way you are and it's the world that needs a nip and a tuck, not you.
Wear your peacock inspired eye shadows. Dye your hair pink, purple, blue. Wear that navy blue lip paint. Go blond! Go blonder! Keep it natural and neutral. Rock your jammies to Wal-Mart at 11:30 at night with no make up and a top knot. CHILD!!! YOU DO YOU!!!! If someone has a problem with it, that's on them. To be comfortable in your own skin is one of life's greatest challenges from my personal point of view. It is something I feel I struggle with daily. That struggle is part of why I share some of the things I do. I wouldn't have you feeling the way I feel and let you give into the thought that you are the only one feeling that way. I simply can't. So, here I am, brightly colored eye shadow and all. You are not alone. Do what you do, wear what you wear because it makes you feel good, not because it keeps you reminded of the things that make you feel bad. Make sense?
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