Fashions trends across cities and cultures are far more similar than they are different. It is as if we are slaves to the fashions writers and photographers. What they say is picked up, reflected, and reinterpreted by those in the media’s eye. The outcome is a self-promoting circle that builds on itself. The visual trends emerge in magazines, music videos, and social networking sites.
As I travel, I often wonder if those caught in the fashion trends have given their freedom away or if it is really their choice. If everyone looked good in her/his attire, the question would probably not stay around. The choices of many make you wonder; what did they see when they checked themselves out in the mirror as they were going out?
The question of how one uses one’s freedom lingers long after the fashion statements. Do I intentionally choose my path or follow others. Am I informed or blindly trusting? Are circumstances dominating my choice or do I cherish and use the freedom that is always within us?
I would like to think that I always cherish freedom. A glance in the mirror as I was heading out told me otherwise! While the outfit worked, it was a bit trendy. I could almost admit that I more influenced than intentionally choosing.
Fashion is an art form. I am reminded that some Wisdom fathers have found a better way of walking the line. An authored captured what I hope I can embrace; “Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people: religious, nonreligious, meticulous moralists, loose-living immoralists, the defeated, the demoralized—whoever. I didn’t take on their way of life.” (1 Corinthians 9.19, 20)
As I look in my closet, I realize today will be filled opportunities to choose. It is a wonderful gift! In all situations, we hold the keys to how we respond to life. You and I have unique opportunities to make a difference. Carpe diem!