I remember the very first time when I discovered nude as a color. I always understood nude only to mean naked,or without clothing. However, one day when my grandmother got dressed for church and I saw her sit on the side of her bed and roll, what look like to me, a layer of transparent skin, up her legs. She was putting on a pair of thigh high stockings. I picked up the packaging that I saw her remove the transparent pair of leg shaped veils from. I inquisitively read the label 'SIZE- Queen. COLOR - Nude'. I was intrigued by its hideous appearance. I said " Grandma, What is Nude?" I was perplexed! She said" baby it's just a neutral color that blends in with your skin". 'YUCK', i thought. Why would anyone want a color that blends in with your skin.' "That's ugly".my ignorance retorted.
I now realize how I was subconsciously loathing myself, my skin,my being! I didn't like anything that was remotely close or similar to my appearance or color. WOW! How did that happen? I was only 7 years old.
Unfortunately, we are fed so much information contrary to our own beauty. As a result, most of us by the time we arrive at adolescence,are so insecure and our self image is dramatically warped; that we run away from anything that even remotely resembles our natural god given beauty. We have to be trained and taught what real beauty is.
In a world of rare commodities, people pay BIG BUCKS to purchase goods in their natural state, without all the additives,preservatives and things that take away from its pure essence. For example, in antique collecting, the value of a piece drastically decreases if the owner polish or attempt to correct any of the blemishes that have naturally occur with time. Those flaws, as some amateurs might see it, are adored and appreciated by those who understand rare art. Coincidentally, we are all forms of art and we do this world a grave disservice by trying to cover and hid the tarnished marks of who we are, that inevitably make us unique and beautiful.
Ironically, nude comes in different shades. What may be nude to one person, may not necessarily be nude to another. Finding and accepting your nude is a life long journey of self discovery and confidence of humbly offering your gifts to this world, without fear. I celebrate who I am today, by not drowning out my naturally decorated personality, which I have discovered, profits the world in kaleidoscope of love, peace and joy. These colors are priceless.
Happily, I can report that growth is clearly evident in my life. I hastened down the aisle of the beauty supply store,where all the nude nail polishes and make up is located: in celebration of the acceptance of my real self. I discovered that I don't always need billboard colors in an attempt to cover the socially unacceptable pieces of me, whether it be my hair, shape or my smile, etc.
In a world of rare commodities, people pay BIG BUCKS to purchase goods in their natural state, without all the additives,preservatives and things that take away from its pure essence. For example, in antique collecting, the value of a piece drastically decreased if the owner polishes or attempt to correct any of the blemishes that have naturally occur with time Those flaws, as some amateurs might see it, are adored and appreciated by those who understand rare art. Coincidentally, we are all forms of art and we do this world a grave disservice by trying to cover and hid the tarnished marks of who we are, that inevitably make us unique and beautiful.
Selecting neutral, introverted hues ,allows the real colors of my character to erupt in rainbows of beauty and it ignites the bright animated fireworks of my personality that impacts this world for the better.
I was right all along, being nude, is in fact,the essence that allows me to stand naked before myself, without shame, and to allow others to truly receive me as I am. Bare ,Bold and Proud.
Even the creator of the universe invites HIS Children to come boldly to the throne of grace. He said BOLDY because he already sees you for who you are and what you have done; and he still wants you. Your natural (unpolished self is acceptable to him.....why shouldn't it be acceptable to you and anyone else?
#Life is meant to be enjoyed!