Neckpiece: c/o IWOWD
Bag: c/o IWOWD
As I write this I come to realize that in this journey of becoming an adult, I’ve travelled the dreaded road to self discovery, self loathing, braved the constant inner fights and gradually accepted myself for who I am. I feel this; the process of knowing oneself, beating it down for not being ideal in the eyes of others and then realizing that you’re never going to be good enough for them however hard you try- is never ending. I have no shame in admitting that today I’ve come to become this strong woman because of my past and also because life happened, remember life? Yeah. I have no qualms in telling the world that I’ve failed, not once but several times. Failed at tests in school/college, failed at relationships, failed at being a good human being, failed at recognizing true friendships, failed at standing up for myself and others at times, failed at having clarity and I’m still confused about what I want from life. I’ve made countless mistakes which’ve only made me wiser and also an interesting story teller. I’ve said this several times before- it’s ok to make mistakes, I’ve made many and you should make them too. People just don’t realize how important it is to give someone that space to make mistakes. Nobody told me that, I learnt that over the years and because of which I was truly able to accept/love my flawed self. Do you think it’s easy to survive in this chaotic world where everyone is trying to put out only their best? Where everyone is trying hard to live up to others high expectations by killing their own dreams? You say this world isn’t fair? The world is in fact a beautiful place with judgemental people that are constantly struggling to make a point. We’re not perfect and we will never be. That is something we all need to accept. I also noticed the moment I stopped judging myself, I stopped judging others too. It’s important to be brutally honest to yourself and to the world. It’s important to draw a line, stand up for yourself and say NO when you don’t agree with something. It’s very important that we observe self realization and know that it’s ok to be yourself. It’s ok to be an introvert in a room full of expressive faces, loud laughs and excessive exchange of words-feelings. It’s ok to be vulnerable, it’s ok to be a loud mouth, it’s ok to be a rebel, it’s ok to be passionate, it’s ok to have an opinion, it’s ok to be awkward basically it’s ok if you don’t fit in. We’re all made differently, we all feel differently, we see differently, we emote differently and yet half of our life is spent in training ourselves to blend in-fit in. But what’s actually important is that we all need to develop a sense of belonging in ourselves and ‘fitting in’ is NOT belonging.
Exactly why I admire Manasa, the creative brain behind IWOWD. I’ve already spoken about her brilliant artistic venture in an earlier post, you can read here. Manasa too tried to ‘fit in’ by treading the ideal path but soon realized that she wasn’t designed to pursue convention. Which in fact led to the start of her own line of handmade wood jewelry and an online shop. In this series I’m trying to carefully blend the intricately carved ethnic statement necklace with a non traditional outfit. Although all the elements in the look are coming together well, the neckpiece does a brilliant job at standing out. IWOWD also has a great collection of bags made from interesting Indian fabrics/prints. This Ikat print potli bag is such a fun colorful addition to this outfit and it has enough room to hold all my necessities for the day. I hope you’ll all take a peek in to IWOWD’s collection and show some love.
Thank you for stopping by and reading the post. Until next time have a great day!
Photography: Vaishali Gupta
Styling and Editing: Swati Dixit