We are all guilty of hypocrisy. It certainly isn’t intended, yet we all do this.
I have yet again had a rant on social media regarding some of my posts being deleted from my pages. Taking it rather personally sometimes; I can’t understand why people would report my images. It’s art after all! If people do not like it; then they should scroll past or unfollow me!
This morning I read a post that made me stop and rethink this thought process. If you know me; you’d know I’m all about love and kindness. About tolerance and acceptance. Yet here I am throwing a wobbly like a three year old, because I am not having my way. Because people are unfair!
I was brought up by my mamma to accept that everyone will never think the same way, believe in the same things, and feel the same. Example being that different religions; one believes modesty as part of their religious culture and that it would be a sin to bare any skin or hair. The other believes it would be wrong to eat certain kind of foods. Does it make either religion wrong or right? No. There is no wrong or right. Similarly when you have someone who believes a high protein or Keto diet is the way to go, and someone else believes that you should really only have a plant based diet. Neither is wrong; you do what is best for you and what is good for your reality.
So this post I read that was posted by a close friend; states that nudity will always offend someone. Will always be “too this or too that”. There’s no point in fighting this as we are all human and all very different. And it dawned on me that I am an advocate for equality. For supporting one another no matter what your thought processes are – yet here I am getting angry for people not seeing or believing what I am, believe or stand for.
Surely it’s disrespectful to dismiss other people’s point of views, opinions and beliefs? Yes it certainly is unjust for those to then preach what is wrong with what you do and condemn you for it; however we live in a society – all be it unfair mostly – where we have freedom of speech and beliefs. Therefore surely we should be more considerate of one another’s lives and how they choose to live it; or how we choose to express ourselves. Though I’d implore each person to look past the superficial and perhaps to dig a little deeper as to what others do and how they live prior to condemning them; I’d certainly also suggest to move along should it not be your kind of “thing”. You know? Like when you get an invitation to the movies, but you much rather sit at home? Or you’re vegan and invited to a Buckhurst festival? You would politely decline and get on with life!
Based on the above I’ve decided to acknowledge that though I am on a mission to not only empower other women – to feel proud of being themselves and in their own skin, but also not to care what other’s think; I will respect the fact that not everyone agrees on nudity. I may not understand why. I may not necessarily agree on their thought processes; I will however respect their opinions and move on. Rather than having a tantrum as to why people don’t see life through my eyes.
I will continue with my work. Doing what I do; I hope to perhaps have some see something beautiful in what I do. Some to change their perception on the nude human form. And if I don’t; that is also okay.