This image was a tiny ad at the back of a 1956 Vogue magazine. I loved it the minute I saw it. It is such a representation of that era: the perfect couple celebrating a special occasion at a nice hotel. But life is messy and people are multi-faceted. There is no such thing as a perfect couple nor a perfect life. And thank goodness, wouldn’t that be boring? I much prefer being around flawed and quirky human beings.
In the 2005 movie ‘The Family Stone‘, there’s a quote that got my attention: ‘You have a freak flag, you just don’t fly it’. I’ve always loved that expression. We all have freak flags. Some of us work at hiding them really well, others of us don’t have a choice. Perfection is over-rated. As a recovering perfectionist, I remind myself that it’s OK to fly my freak flag, even when others raise their eyebrows. It’s too much work to hide the freak flag, and by setting an example (especially in a corporate environment), I make it OK for my peers to fly theirs. So go ahead, fly your freak flag and revel in the unique person that is you. You make the world a better place just by being you!
This piece was recently accepted to an exhibition at University House in Issaquah. The reception is Friday, October 2 from 5-7pm (University House, 22975 Black Nugget Road, Issaquah).