Monday, December 30, 2013
Leggings and Writing Trends
I did something this week I don’t think I can forget. I bought my first pair of leggings. It was at a little kiosk in Vegas and I loved the brown and cream print. I’ve seen everyone wearing them and I’ve wondered forever if I could pull them off. At first, I was so stoked because I think they’re super cute on most people. But I’ve always been hesitant because… well, they’re LEGGINGS.
Even though I was a dancer my whole life (being used to wearing form-fitting clothes), I just wasn’t sure if I’d be comfortable wearing them out in public. Walking around in pants that are not really pants … (?)
So I took a selfie (Don’t mock me!) … to see if they really worked on me.
And ya know… they were cute. I felt cute in them. I could do this. I could wear something trendy and pull it off. Right?
As I was walking around in them the next day, I felt off. I spotted these trendy printed leggings EVERYWHERE. Some people rocked them. Some didn't. But still, everyone was wearing them.
I began to feel like I was wearing fake skin. Like I was a walking trend. This wasn’t me--I wasn't comfortable in them. And even if I could give the appearance of pulling them off, I couldn’t mentally.
Which immediately made me think of my writing.
This year, I’m not going to feel pressure to write what the world says I should write. What the world says is hot or not. Not that I’ve ever written to trends, but I think there’s always a little voice in my head that (consciously or unconsciously) steers me when I write—that’s always whispering at me to write what will sell, what is hot, what people want.
I’m not going to let that voice affect me anymore. I’m going to write purely from the heart—and tell the story I know I’m meant to tell. I don’t think I realized how much that little trendy voice affected me until my leggings experience.
Some people can pull leggings off. Just like some people can pull a rocking dystopian off. So even though leggings aren't bad, it just means I might wear them with a sweatshirt tied around my waist--or I'll probably just admire them from a distance. ;-)
I think the important thing is for each of us to know who we really are and stay true to that. Because that is when the magic happens on the page.
I hope you all have an AMAZING New Year! 2014 is going to be AWESOME. I can feel it!
Red. Head. Out. :)