Monday, 1 January 2018

Masterpiece. . . .

Every part of me is beautiful. . . .
Happy New Year, Happy new me. . . 

My eyes ain't used to these rays
I'm feeling exposed, but I hide no more
I can't hide
As the sun shines on all my glory 
My flaws don't look so bad at all
What was I so afraid of?

My friend Mana brought my attention to this song.  She kept talking about this acoustic version and once she showed me the YouTube clip, I instantly fell in love with it.  She said it reminded her of me.  This track has been on constant repeat.  The musical perfection that is Jazmine Sullivan's voice is of course unparalleled. I love the message of this song.  It talks about how we shouldn't be afraid to see who we truly are. That how we see ourselves, flaw and all, aren't all as bad as we think. Have you been exposed in the past year? There are so many things that we try to hide about ourselves. But I'm not saying that we should expose ourselves so freely if we don't want to either. I just think we shouldn't be afraid to express ourselves, even if it's meant with criticism or judgement.  It just means people don't know where we're coming from and we might need to explain ourselves to be clear.

Every part of me is a vision of a portrait
Of Mona, Mona Lisa
Every part of me is beautiful
And I finally see I'm a work of art
A masterpiece

You might not think that you are a vision or a portrait.  But we know that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. If someone tells you that you are a vision or a portrait, you can either accept the compliment easily or question why they think you're beautiful. You might have been told that there are so many things about you physically that you need to change in order to be seen as being more beautiful.  The fastest way for you to recognise your own beauty is just to do things for yourself that make you feel good, feel beautiful - and you'll just be beautiful.  There are so many people I know that don't think that they are beautiful on the outside, but it is their own low self perceptions that stop them from seeing the beauty that I see in them.

Who is this I've tried so long to find?
Filling my head with lies that I'm not good enough
Then I heard something in my ear
Tell I'm perfect, now that I know the truth
Time to show and prove 

It might take us a few trips around the block before we recognise our own beauty.
We might try to conform to society's ideas of beauty and forget about the things that have always made us feel beautiful. When someone tells you that you're not good enough, it is mostly because they need to make you feel inferior in order for them to have power over you. If you are in a relationship or in some kind of friendship with someone like this - it's a new year, and it's time to cut such people from your life.  I have systematically done that over the years, weeding family and friends from my garden who didn't nurture me or give me any fruit or flowers that I could appreciate and enjoy.  It might take you a while to figure out how to go about weeding your garden, but once you do, you will not have any tolerance for such people in all other areas of your life - work, social gatherings, things and spaces that matter to society and how you can contribute to it.

And now I see the pretty colours on my canvas 
I'm a work of art, a Mona Lisa
I'll share my pictures with the world
I'm not afraid to let it go anymore

What are the pretty colours on your canvas?  What do you paint with that makes you look even more beautiful? Life is too short to try and figure out where to go from here and where to display your work of art.  Sometimes though, we need to be adventurous.  We need to go and show ourselves in spaces where we might be the only one of our kind in that space.  Just because we don't recognise others that look like us in those new and strange places, it doesn't mean that we don't belong there.  You should know by now, that your work of art belongs anywhere that you want to belong.  You can forge your own path and not necessarily have to conform with what everybody else is doing.  You can go against the grain and smooth your own ridges to a pathway that people will soon see, has been made more beautiful because you've created it.

I can fight the light (shine so bright)

Let my colours paint the sky
There is beauty in my eyes
And I can see it now, I believe it now, I feel it now
I can light the night, shine so bright
Want the world to see, I'm a work of art, I'm a masterpiece
I am beautiful

What kind of life do you want to paint for yourself?
I think I'm always trying to see the beauty that I see within myself and try to project this out into the world. There will be people in the world who are resistant to such a practice, but we must bear the patience to teach them about this. We should be living our lives in ways that mean we no longer need to hide what colours come from within us.  If you can teach your eyes to see beauty in the world, you can continue to create beauty and collaborate with others to create beauty in the wider world.  Even if people don't want to recognise how much of a masterpiece you are, that's their own inability to see your greatness. These types of people are scared of your beauty, and how much of a masterpiece you are.  They try to equate your beauty with monetary value, but all artistically minded people know, masterpieces are priceless.

Every part of me is a vision of a portrait
Of Mona, of Mona Lisa
Every part of me is beautiful
And I finally see I'm a work of art
A masterpiece. . . 

I hope you see how much of a vision you, how much of a portrait of Mona Lisa you are.
We should learn to recognise and appreciate our inner beauty, because the world can be cruel sometimes, and try to tell us the exact opposite.  We should not let ourselves be judged by those who seek to dim our light, steal our joy or sabotage our inner peace.  Stay away from these types of people or if you can't, learn how to develop strategies that allow you to protect these at all costs.  I know that life will continue to throw me challenges and obstacles, but I welcome them and embrace it all head on.  I don't need to be scared of afraid of what is to come, because my past has taught me just how strong I really am.  All I need to keep in mind is that every part of me is beautiful, and I finally see I'm a work of art, a masterpiece. . .