“You are one of the most courageous people I know.”
This is something that a man once said to me. It was a very high compliment because half of the time, I don’t think I’m being brave. I’m possibly more adventurous than most, and maybe that’s something that people like about me.
Let me tell you, though: nothing will test your mettle like wearing a bold lipstick colour in public.
Now, I’ve worn dark or bold lip colours publicly without thinking twice, and all with good results; however, they were all fairly normal dark colours, like dark browns and purples. I haven’t worn black yet, but that will be soon to come, I’m sure. Nothing, however, tested my nerve like wearing blue lipstick.
The first time I tried it on, I wasn’t sure if I liked it. I’ve never seen that kind of colour on me. I didn’t dislike it, though, so I tried it again in the comfort of my bathroom. Not even my family had seen me wearing it, and I live with them.
Then I decided that today would be the day. I didn’t have to work (because there is no way that I would wear this to work. It defies the conservative dress code), and I was feeling more comfortable seeing myself with this colour. I even liked it. So I shoved the lip colour in my purse, and walked out of the house. I applied it in the car and drove to the Starbucks, even though I could easily walk there. I just wasn’t ready for anyone I knew to see me rock such a bold shade… but for those that know me well, it probably wouldn’t surprise anybody.
As soon as I walked into the Starbucks, the women behind the counter were in awe. “I LOVE YOUR LIPSTICK!!” That reaction was the encouragement that I needed to keep rocking it. In fact, I wore it the entire day to a couple of different stores, and to Painting With A Twist, where I made a very cool picture! The artist that was hosting said she loved my lip colour so that everyone could hear it. There’s even a colour in the painting that matched my lipstick!
I said all of this to say that I relearned something today:
As long as you’re doing something that isn’t harming yourself or anyone else, do it. The fear of what people might think should never hold you back. Who knows if they may draw strength from your tenacity? I’ve gotta say that an unusual lip shade isn’t for the faint of heart because it does draw attention; however, it won’t all be negative. It also gave me a renewed nerve and confidence in myself and how cool I really am. I needn’t be fearful of anything or of how people will perceive me. I learned today that the right people will love the real you when you’re brave enough to show her (or him) to the world.
I bought a coffee mug today that I’d like to end this post with because I feel as though it encapsulates this entry very well: “Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.”
I’m so glad I discovered the part of me that likes blue lipstick. She feels more like me than any bold colour I’ve ever worn on my lips.