Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Face the facts of being what you are, for that is what changes what you are." Kierkegaard

What is it about self-expression that frightens people? Daphne Guinness has an amazing sense of who she is, and she is not afraid to express it. Clearly, she doesn't give a damn what you think about how she dresses. She might care what her high-society friends think, but I'm sure she doesn't even let the the "sorry people" cross her mind.

(via here)

(via here)

I don't think she does much. She's the daughter of a baron, and she used to be a model. Apparently she occasionally writes as well. But she's most well known as a "muse and fashionista," according to this post on

Anyway, I think the problem with "self-expression" is that people, such as myself, have only a narrow definition of the term. I consider expressive people to be strong, fearless, unafraid of their own person, and honest about who and what they are. Take dancing, for example. People (at least people of my age) will absolutely not dance unless they have a decent buzz flowing or if they're literally dragged onto the dance floor. Oh, and everyone must have a partner with whom to dance, because if a person were to dance alone, she would be "humping the air." I promise that tomorrow no one will remember you danced like a maniac and "humped the air." And if they do, how will you know? And if you do find out that they know, why does it matter? You were the one living in the night, feeling liberated, and free of judgment. And that, too, is self-expression.

Don't stop dancing.


1 comment:

Jill said...

WOW. I am so vapid.

"Dont stop dancing" ... unless you don't fancy a dance. Then don't start dancing; but then, of course you run the risk of having a blog post written about your choice not to dance. Because it must mean something. So it would be safest to conform and dance, right? Undoubtedly.