Further to a little convo I had with my good friend kerri about her skull design top, (i do not like skulls but kerri shared how for her they symbolise rock n roll & a spirit of rebellion.)
I was thinking about how my gentle photos & what i am drawn to share, may not always show all sides of my personality. How softness does not always appear strong, and strength does not always appear gentle. Yet they are the ying and the yang, the masculine and the feminine balance within us.
It may not appear that I am a rebel in the traditional sense of the word, but infact there's more of that side in me than it seems. Especially if the word rebel is interchangeable with that of free...as I'm definately a free spirit (despite physical lack of freedoms) And it takes a balance of both strength and gentleness to be that way.
So i continued thinking about what rebellion is and what of it applies to me. If its about not being comfortable with a lack of freedom for self or others, (yes) how it's about seeking for new ways to break out of old restrictions (yes) how it's about not just listening to what society tells you you are worth (yes) how it's about somehow taking a different path to the norm, being interested in different things (yes) Maybe it's also about not caring what others think - in a good way. (Yes that's me also)
Where it may stray in to not caring about your actions, influencing or hurting others themselves - then of course that's not me, where its about being self centred, violent, or anything like that, in order to get what you want, again no way me. That's an imbalance of strength & not true power.
So I wrote a few short lines....
not accepting the way things are
as the way things have to stay
If you feel they are unjust or restrictive
You rally against them, you thirst for change
Why should your freedom to express be contained in anyway
Why should you be told the thoughts you must have
Don't just go by the rules
If you want to break out and think differently, do do do!
It's the only way that things ever evolve
Carve your own niche
Take your own path
Be your own self, not the self
that society things you ought to be
Go beyond definitions placed on you
Go beyond roles, labels, age
Go even beyond geography
To be truly free,
You must break free of those ties
And if that takes a bit of rebellion
then so be it!
But letting go of what is
You need to find something more
Something to replace that structure you broke away from
Else you feel a freedom
But it has no place to take hold
And contain meaning
It risks blowing away from you
You need to root yourself in a whole new way
To something that means something
That speaks to your heart
Something you hear from within
Rather than take and believe from without
Touch the eternal in you
Reach the place where everything originates
Connect to that level of sameness
And then draw back into you
And sense your uniqueness within that oneness
Then you have a source to sustain your individuality
Dance to the beat
But make it to your own rhythm
And do it with inner strength, conviction, intention
Never does it need to be with attack on another, don't build yourself up by knocking others down
make sure your empowerment & progress is non violent, & respectful to all life, for that life is an inseparable part of your own soul.
Peacefulness has more power than at first can be seen
Gentleness more strength than we yet realise
Despite all our differences and ways of expressing who we are
we have more to unite us than we have to divide us
Peace and Love and a little bit of rebellion (smile)