“Come Let us sing Joyfully to the Lord; let us acclaim the Rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95)
Happy International Women’s Day!
I am really learning what it means to be a woman these days.
For so long, I wore black pants, and beat up chucks with scary emo tees and a studded belt. I felt that this made me cool. It allowed me to keep a wall around me that separated me from other people. They just couldn’t possibly understand me.
Then I gradually moved to a more hipster look. There was a lot of flannel and I still own almost the entire stock of neff beanies that Zumiez carried. I had a “literally don’t even care right now” attitude and the clothing to match it. If you were worried about your appearances or thought women should wear skirts and dresses I wanted nothing to do with you and thought you were probably trying to hinder the human race from moving forward.
And here I am. I don’t really know that I have a style any more. I wear what makes me feel comfortable, confident and beautiful.
One thing I can tell you? The outfit in the picture below is something I never in a million years would have seen myself wearing. When I ordered the skirt, I put it in my cart and looked at it for a while wondering if this was ruining any last shreds of my image that were already nearly gone. But I purchased it anyways and decided to take a chance on this outfit.
And I felt most truly myself wearing that outfit. *GASP* I felt so beautiful in my twirly skirt.
I spent all these years putting other women down for supporting the patriarchy by wearing skirts and there I was… loving every second of it.
This lent has been a season of changing a lot of my views. A season of softening my heart and learning to love who I am in this current moment and live my best and fullest life.
My heart is learning how to sing joyfully, and for that I am ever grateful.
Photo Credit : Michelle Babyak, Diocese of Bridgeport