You know how we celebrate milestones in life? And often with a huge party, and especially photographs? Weddings, engagements, children being born, maternity photographs.
I had this idea the other day, to create a milestone of my own.
I really feel as though my growth recently is deserving of its own milestone. It’s own photoshoot. It’s own expression.
There’s a song I’ve listened to since day one of this therapy journey. It’s called ‘Paper Crown’ and it’s by Alec Benjamin. And I wanted to create, in essence, this photoshoot representing that song and my journey, to document it.
So today, I took a leap and told my good friend, Clare, about the idea. Clare is a seamstress, a wizard with costumes and in incredible dancer and artist. And initially I thought about how dumb it seemed and worried but Clare loved it. She loved it so much she started sketching on the spot while listening to the song.
You know, people celebrate important life milestones with photos all the time. This coming into myself, this growth – and especially if you listen to the lyrics of this song – the strength I have as I learn to live as me – it deserves to be honored. It’s likely the most important milestone in my life, learning to accept and love myself – past and all.
So now I’m off to pitch the idea to my photographer friend, and maybe get the ball rolling. Because I can think of nothing more freeing for a part of me that has been trapped for so long than letting it be expressed creatively in front of people I trust, as I am.
She’ll make it out, but she’s never the same
She’s looking down, at the scars that remain
But you hold your ground, though your kingdoms in flames
Cause it’s the story of a queen whose castle has fallen to the sea