I can’t be happy enough, I can’t be grateful enough. For the new discovery of the world, with the same message shared repetitively. We are human, always the inspirations slipped off our soul. Lupita Nyong’o, I watched the 12 Years a Slave and she is just as wonderful. Pardon me if it sounds like an obsession to you, but I count it as one of my highest gratitude that my work as a portrait photographer allow me to discover ‘beautiful women’. For whatever they feel good about themselves, no one can take that away from me, no human.
What it is a big deal about me to discuss this topic is because, it is all about self loved. As a Muslim, I belie that for every single inches of our body, created by our Allah. We breathe the air, we eat the food, we drink the water, we step on the ground. The health that we get, is nothing to compare to any material value that we can imagine.
The longer I learned about self loved, it is all together sum up to one word, GRATEFULNESS. Tell me how are you calling yourself grateful if for the slightest inches expand on your body, due to the food we eat and not starving, is a disaster to you. For worrying not being able to fit into the most expensive dress in our wardrobe. Or rather, for the talent hidden in our body and soul, we deny the skill given to us by the Creator with the different way of thinking from the other people, by thinking short about ourselves. That we are not good enough, that we are not smart enough and continuously comparing ourselves to the next person.
Every single time I write about this issue, or thinking about it, it is always a huge reminder for me to keep my foot on the ground and raise my hand praying and thankful for the beauty and brain He gives me. How I wish to reach to every possible women out there to share my vision, that feeling good about ourselves is an act of being grateful for the love from the Creator. However, we are human, in is our nature to forget, to feel frustrated, to feel angry and not being able to think straight most of the time, unless we keep on praying that we are under His grace. Forgive ourselves for the act that we did wrong, for the food we eat more that the calculated calories for the ideal body weight, forgive ourselves for feeling bad when we don’t have a fair skin like others.
The speech that I believe becoming a great inspirational story to share with every women, is to me an act of being grateful for who we are.
“No matter where you are from, your dream are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o