Lyn Slater (pictured here) is a 64 year old Professor who became an accidental fashion icon. She was at Fashion Week with her friend and suddenly the photographers and journalists were standing around her, taking her photo and speaking to her because they thought she was a fashion icon. She since started a blog called Accidental Icon and you can find her anywhere on the internet. She does not dress according to her age, wears what she likes the most, (she doesn’t usually show much skin) and to me looks (and is) amazing!
Society is much more accepting these days about differences, sometimes to a fault, but in so many ways it is refreshing and easier than it used to be. Who we hang around with also dictates to some degree how we think we should be and we tend to shrink back and try and fit in. Of course we do need to fit in to some degree because it is natural for people to accept those who are like them.
How we behave, dress, live is dictated by our values. At the same time if you are the type of person who shrinks back because you don’t want to make waves or are scared to be unliked and so hide true parts of yourself and don’t feel very fulfilled, stepping out and being yourself more may be a growth spurt opportunity.
There are so many ways where we may feel “less than” and are constantly trying to fit in… it could be by spending money we don’t have – to look better, drive better cars, have perfect homes – or it could be in the way we behave – laughing at people’s jokes when we don’t think they are funny or gossiping along with them because we want to be accepted into their circle.
We don’t show up for ourselves because we believe we are inferior or not good enough or unworthy.
When you want to do something that brings out some of your essence there’s a certain amount of excitement and satisfaction that fills you.
Are there some ways that you hold yourself back from expressing yourself? What are they?
Do you find that you try and fit in by compromising yourself?
Learn to love yourself as you are and express yourself in a way that brings out who you are to the world.