There are so many socio-economic, racial, & religious injustices happening today around the world. Global warming is causing climate and eco-systems to change, US government policies are under revision on all fronts, gang violence is still present in a mass majority of metropolitan areas, and the divorce rate is still at or over 50 percent this year. Where’s the hope?
It seems like the most liked pics on Instagram are those of half naked women marginalizing what beauty is. Rappers still talk about the same stuff, money, sex, drugs and women programing today’s young minds (and old minds) to believe that success is the equivalent of what they are talking about. Police brutality or should I say murder is extremely alarming, and the average American family still has only 1 parent in the home raising an average of 2 children alone. Where’s the hope?
I could go on about all the issues I see but there is no reason for that. We all have something we are facing in life that feels like an obstacle and the constant barrage of negative information presented by the news doesn’t help. I began to ask myself as I started to feel the weight of it all,”how do I stay hopeful and positive about a better tomorrow when there is so much negativity around me today? How do I maintain my identity and not give in to the pull of what society dictates?”
My solution was my faith. Based on my faith there is so much hope that God provides. I realized the bible sheds light on the fact that this world will never be transformed as we currently understand it but that through faith in Christ I can be. How? By the renewing of my mind. (Romans 12:2). This has become my anchor. The hope of a better future, an eternal one. I know people believe in all kinds of things and that’s okay. This is just my belief.
While holding on to that verse (Romans 12:2) I re-discovered the power of “NO.” NO I do not have to be half naked to be sexy. NO I don’t have to measure my worth in Instagram likes even while growing a business. NO I do not have to live in an unhealthy fear of the police. NO I do not have to accept the plight of living right above the poverty line like more than half of my community. I accept that I can fight the fears, pulls and tugs of life with the power of my mind and the principles of my faith, much like a soldier. I can pass on drinking the Kool-aid, listening to the spoon circling the tea cup and eating the cake.
Hence this look. I created this look off a shirt I found (p.s. guess correctly where I found this shirt and win a free style consultation 🙂 or a Perfect Pineapple® head wrap) The shorts are from Ann taylor, boots from Nordstroms and socks from Polo, Ralph Lauren. I created this look to have an army feel without the literal indicators of army fatigue print, baggy pocketed pants, or the color Army Green. The shirt is actually a muted grey color, the green in the shorts is a forest green and the boots are pewter (silver) color, yet this look communicates a militant tone.
In conclusion stand on truth, choose love & promote peace. Do not let this world change you. Change the world.