I am constantly amazed at the variety of God’s Creation! I’m not even thinking of the variety of colors, animals or rocks, but simply, human personalities.
The first time I stumbled upon Rachel Zoe’s reality show, I was only slightly fascinated, and mostly repulsed.
Spending huge sums of money on clothes to be worn once? Rushing around in a frenzy at the expense of relationships and health, just to get the perfect outfit? Obsessing if the shoe balances out a top, etc.
So beyond my understanding! So different than my own concerns!
Yet…that initial fascination grew into a real appreciation. Her passion for style, for the artistic elements of clothing, brought me around. (I think it also helped that Rachel became a mother so I could relate a bit.)
Rachel’s life and clients and, well, everything about the show, is different from what is my life or what I want for my life. Except, the passion.
I can see her passion is the same as my passion for various things, things that bring me joy and hope. I can understand her passion as I often feel the same – carried off and consumed by something that is beautiful to me. It is as if the living and momentary art that she is creating releases her spirit and connects her with who she truly is.
After a few shows (I’ll admit – parts of a few shows, I do have two little kids and a hectic schedule) I saw the value in expressing who one is through clothing.
My kids do it all the time. My son likes comfortable, elastic wasted pants or shorts and T-shirts with a picture on the front – “so I know which way it goes on.” His little sister, however, prefers pink and frilly dresses that twirl when she dances. Fancy princess shoes finish off each outfit.
While I can’t see myself with a huge closet full of designer and vintage fashion, I love the passion behind healthy self-expression.
God made us unique, so why not embrace who we are not only on the inside, but on the outside?
Yet, as with pretty much everything, there are extremes. Going into major debt to get the newest and greatest, or wearing something completely inappropriate (even offensive depending on the culture), probably isn’t a good idea. Healthy self-expression is embracing who you are in a way that does not detract from who you are or want to be. Some may see this self as limiting, if not insulting as “others need to just accept who I am”, yet as I am learning – isn’t self-expression another form of communication?
God created each of us as amazing individuals, providing us a way to affect the world through who we are. Let us make the most of it!
Ultimate Designer and Engineer, help us discover who we truly are and help us celebrate it! Amen.
For a local resource on figuring out how to express yourself: Laura Ely Style