Do you need a space for rehearsals? At @higherspaces, we love all things creative and supporting performing artists participating in this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival. Contact us via our bio link to organize your next rehearsal #areyougame
TOMORROW IS OPENING NIGHT!!! 6.30pm Venue Five! Come and see this insanely hilarious cast shut down the Fringe Festival!!! @fringestory@edmontonfringe
If you didn't know I was in Africa the past month (Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique) and I've been back in Korea for almost a week now and have lived here the past 4 years. In Korea, to be beautiful means to have porcelain fair skin, stick straight hair and to be very very very thin. I am not any of those things. 😂 But somehow living in a country where I am the exact opposite has helped me gain confidence in who I am and love my big hair, big eyes and dark skin. In Africa, standard of beauty is the exact opposite of Korea so naturally they treated me like Beyoncé and then some bc they were curious about my Filipino-ness. It's so interesting to go from being regarded as beautiful to ugly in matters of seconds. In Africa, I walked with confidence but this week I've been running into hiding as quickly as I can. I was putting too much pressure on myself to lose the weight I gained and I even thought about my past bouts with bulimia. Then I got angry because the world will always have a standard of beauty wherever you go and you'll either far exceed it or miss the mark. I was comparing myself too much to the other women here and listening to what the world says. Then in the silence of meditating and trying to figure out who I am... I was reminded that I am in this world but not of this world. That I am uniquely me and there is no one like me. That I was made in the image of someone who paid the ultimate price so I could be wild and free just as I am. ^^
There is no one like you. Comparison is a killer. Don't do it! Theodore Roosevelt said, "Comparison is the thief of joy." Teddy's right. He knew. He never let himself get in the way. He was a badass. He lived his life but also empowered others rather than bringing down. Your journey is beautiful and it has made you into the bomb person that you are today. Your journey is yours and it shouldn't be a competition because all of us have our triumphs, defeats and woes. You are beautiful because you are one of a kind. Don't let comparison steal your joy. Screw the beauty standards. Be you. Appreciate beauty all around you but don't depreciate your own. Be your own kind of beautiful.