#portraitsofme: Favorite Quote

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Favorite Quote

This week’s prompt is “Favorite Quote” for the Instagram project #portraitsofme. On a retreat years ago, I pulled a quote out of a jar. This particular quote has reappeared several times in my life, most recently in a self-help book on ridding myself of shame. The quote is:

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~ Anaïs Nin

That’s how I feel about my journey around the planet this year. I’ve been working on accepting myself the way I am right now, not 25 pounds thinner or in better shape. Right now. In 2015, I let my hair go natural which I felt very conflicted about. We took a Thompson family photo around Easter that shocked me. My hair wasn’t just gray; it was gray, silver, and white… mostly white. I looked in my mid-50s and I am just not ready for that. So I talked with my hairdresser about slowly introducing color back into my hair. The first time she added very subtle lowlights and highlights, and it was so subtle that no one even noticed. So this time, she went a little bolder. I love it.

I am blossoming.

Nikon D750 | 85mm | f/2.5 | 1/200 | ISO 1600 | tripod with wifi-enabled remote shutter release

And for comparison’s sake, a few photos that were taken recently showing just how white my hair had become:

New Braunfels family photographer
It’s a beautifully natural yet dramatic change. I think I look much younger and I’m much happier with my superficial appearance. And that’s what this is about. I did it for me.

Thanks for looking! (And I’m sorry to those ladies who loved my gray!!! Maybe I will let it go again someday… maybe.)

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