Ivona Gita. Mirror. October 31st , 2017.
There was nothing I loved more than cheerleading with my friends, it was an amazingly fun part of my life. But in the 7th grade our new coach turned what was a light-hearted hobby into a waking nightmare. It sounds silly, right? Youre probably asking yourself, Did the coach grow horns and chase us around with fire pom-poms? No, it wasnt that bad, but what did happen left emotional scars that took years to heal.
And although the research was focused on eating disorders, it reminded me of my early teenage years when, like many of us, I was: uncertain; insecure and; frustrated with trying to fit in. I do not recall what sparked it, but I can recall a period of time, the better part of a year, where every day I would stand before the mirror, and tell myself that which I wanted to be what I wanted to become: smart; cool; confident; graceful; strong; charming and; funny. I didnt see it for what it was at the time, but I was speaking affirmations into my life. Time spent in the library strengthened my mind. Time spent in the dojo training in kenjutsu and tai chi made me both physically strong and very graceful. Growing in these areas helped me become confident and, I found humor in being able to laugh at myself. Looking back and reflecting on my life since then, these affirmations certainly came true.
When her company finally made the prototype for me in China, and shipped it to me, I was disappointed. It was a clunky womans makeup compact case with a USB port and built-in speakers. I didnt think people would want yet another heavy item to carry around. And the USP wasnt as easy to use as it sounds to transfer music tracks. I decided to pass on the idea.
So consider... when you look at yourself in the mirror do you see the beauty of the Picasso or the flaws? Do you feel your radiance shine forth from the reflection before you or do you recoil at what you believe is "wrong" or somehow "not enough"?
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