Photography by Jerald. Editing & Design by Becca. In collaboration with The Editors Market & PUMA. Wearing Melosa Button-down Stripe Dress.
“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.”
– Don Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom.
I remember watching one of Kareno's video that strangely impacted me. Though not flawlessly executed or even polished, but one that reminded me how important it is to create — Even if the product is not conventionally beautiful, let alone great.
For a while now, I realise I'd subconsciously fallen into what I define as comfort. Growing comfortable with an aesthetic that "worked best", and my layout was akin a logarithm that fixed everything. That stifled me, and I took less and less time working on things I was wildly passionate about.
As I "isolated" myself digitally and socially, I recognize that I lean heavily towards the opinions of others. What they felt was visually pleasing, and the person they thought me to be through what I was creating. For the most part, I became an idea of Becca, not a person well translated or represented here.
And while I understand mass appeal, having a strong visual identity and I do appreciate others' tastes, I know mine has evolved. And we should celebrate that transition in ourselves and others. Even better, collaborative efforts often end up in surprisingly pleasant ends!
I love what I've done thus far but know I can create more. And this time on my own terms, More is what I'm going to do and be. Let the disruption begin!
PS/ Thanks for your help, Lexy! <3