For all the women in the world, you might agree with me when I say we often search long and hard, and aspire to defining ourselves beautifully, wonderfully, and mysteriously. But so many things of this world, including the ideals of how a woman should be, how she should look, how she should behave, what her role is in society, often make us feel inferior to the very best (even the best within ourselves), undermined by what should be the most prized and valuable parts of ourselves, torn apart by the insecurities we fall pray too, the imperfections that can at one point or another feel entirely overwhelming, and a sense of self-worth destroyed in the midst of vanity.
Let us remind ourselves that through the suffering we might endure, the trials in life that threaten our sanities, our images of ourselves, are but what should in the end, draw us closer to the Lord, who does believe we are and created us to be – beautiful, wonderful, and mysterious. We are perfect to Him, our Father, and what better than to be seen like this in the eyes of our most Beloved Lord + Creator? Do not forget, every day can be a battle, that the devil enjoys thwarting, distorting, and festering lies about our value and self-worth as women, and sisters, under God.
You may wonder what made me think of this, what made me want to write this. I have the blessing of having some wonderful young women in my life, and that are growing up so beautifully, but often finding it very hard to see it this way themselves. We all go through the phases of womanhood, this is universal, and at different stages and to different degrees do we experience these lows, and the highs that come along with it too. What is amazing is ‘there is a thread that runs right through us and helps us understand’ (Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk about Love” says it well), which is why I can write this now and know we can all relate.
I came across a short film today – Jaeger-LeCoultre’s “Reinvent Yourself” – while meandering around the web. I got pretty excited by the fact that there were ballerinas and a horse in the same short (because both these subjects have an everlasting appeal to me). It resonated with me by the question that it asks, “How often in a lifetime can we reinvent ourselves?” I asked myself this question, and have to agree with the short, their answer is ‘infinitely,” mine would be “every morning.” It calls to mind the fact that we can reinvent ourselves, which means we can also redefine what it is within the world’s definition that undermines and devalues us. We have the opportunity to change, and be the change, we wish to see in the world (thank you, Gandhi, for the leader you were of this powerful thought).
Having graduated with a degree in Art History, I could not help but breakdown the short in a series of meanings, reasons, and cultural influences for the artistic expression it exudes. For example, the short begins with a baby girl, the next scene a little girl, and finally the woman she became, very much from a state of purity and innocence, to a refined, romantic woman. It is very much the evolution of the woman, from child to mature adult, and the redefining of herself in every stage of her life. It is an intriguing theme and one repeated again and again in all art forms. The woman is beautiful, wonderful, and mysterious – why we find her so fascinating and such a compelling and unparalleled subject in art!
I loved the musical accompaniment, Dame Shirley Bassey’s “Where Do I Begin?” Shirley Bassey is a British legend, and in her own right, her voice is uniquely deep and poring. She recorded a few famous theme songs, including the theme song in the James Bond series, Goldfinger, 1964. The screen-shots in “Reinvent Yourself” were all-together timeless (a watch commercial for Jaeger-LeCoultre, how ironic), Parisian, lovely, and romantic. It is somewhat interesting, I often do not look to be inspired as much as I find myself surprised by the inspirations that come into my life, and this was definitely one of them today. I would love to share it with you, so here it is: Diane Kruger – Jaeger-LeCoultre – The Film. Also, the watch at the end is a piece of art all its own. I love the cobalt blue world map embedded under the watch glass and the diamonds surrounding the whole design – exquisite!
Photo. A favorite scene of mine from Degas’ famous Ballerina scenes; The Rehearsal, By Edgar Degas. 1873-78, Oil on Canvas. Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
How do you reinvent yourself to stay inspired? Share with me in a comment below.
To Reinventing Ourselves,
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