I remember being afraid of patterns. I used to think that one too many patterns in one outfit made you look sort of like a clown (yes, the guy with the big floppy shoes and a big red nose) with way too much busy-ness going on. There was a point in my life where EVERYTHING had to match...I mean perfectly, to a "T". But now, countless years later, I wouldn't blink an eye at mixing two different pattern types. Wisdom has taught me that it's not what patterns you put together, it's all in how you do it. I've learned, just like the reality of life, that sometimes things just don't match up perfectly like you expected them to. But it can turn out beautifully if you let it.
Speaking of wisdom, it's funny how I correlate my life to the way I dress now. With so much going on in my life, I sometimes feel "mixed" emotions: the "busy-ness" of everyday life can get a little overwhelming, and my regular daily "pattern" is not what it use to be; hence, this beautiful thrifted outfit was born! Since life never stops throwing whatever it can at you, we have to learn to break through. Break through the noise, break through the negativity, break on through to the other side of clarity and peace.
Because, you know what? No one can escape life's ups and downs. It's inevitable. So, I made a solid attempt to connect with nature, and pay attention to how wild animals handle their stress and what makes them content. The great thing about being a Cali native is that, since we have access to so many beautiful landscapes and so much wildlife, this wasn't a hard task to accomplish. My first subject in my experiment was “Quack”, a very open and friendly duck who decided that it was time we shared some camera time with him. Being a sociology major, I decided to check out his behavior. What made him nervous? How did he respond to humans approaching his pond? What made him so calm? Then it hit me: He didn't fear death; it was just a part of life, The Circle of Life. He took life as it came with grace and poise. He gently floated to and fro in his pond and dealt with life stressors as they came, instead of trying to prepare for every "possible" negative outcome. And that's what I plan on doing from now on... The world is my pond, and I'm going to gently glide through that b***h, one sure paddle at a time.