I did a thing...
A few years ago, I was thinking about what I wanted to do when I "grew up", and all that kept popping in my head was that I wanted to write. I knew I wanted to write words that would touch other people, but I didn't know how or what that looked like. To be honest, I still don't, but this is where I'm at, so I'm going with it. Those two things circulated and stirred in my brain until they had to come out. I knew then, and I know even more now that my superpower is vulnerability and "real-ness". I have no fear of sharing how I really am with the world, in unfiltered form. I want to share with others where I am, so they can either meet me there, or walk away. I have never liked pretending, and as I get older this distaste for anything super "crafted" grows. I am who I am, always.
One day, as I was thinking about all of this, I thought, "man...wouldn't it be cool if I was photographed naked to remove the barrier even more?". Apparently when thinking about what I want to do when I grow up, my brain immediately goes to naked pics. Odd. So anyway, there I am thinking about all of this, trusting that possibly, this idea needed to be followed, when I met the most lovely human being. This woman lives and breathes authenticity too. She is 100% HER always, unapologetically. Turns out, Leah takes beautiful photos. I'm not talking edited, crafted photos here people. I'm talking powerful, raw pictures that transport you to the exact magic that she saw when she took them. Seriously.... check them out here. You'll see what I mean. I shared with Leah almost right away after I met her (I apparently have no personal boundaries) that I wanted her to take my pictures naked.
Fast forward to last Thursday. I stripped my clothes off, sat naked on my patio with Leah and had the greatest, silliest and most magical time, all while she captured it through pictures. Part of who I am is centered heavily with a connection to the Earth, so I sat in my garden and put my hands in the dirt and let her capture that too. I wasn't uncomfortable (although if I'm honest, I was a little concerned about fire ants), I wasn't worried how I looked; I was just FREE. I'm sharing these to share what she captured, because it's exactly how I feel as I dig into my new self and my evolving life. I feel pure joy and love.
It feels good to be writing. It feels good to read so many comments from all of you that this is what you needed to read. If one person reads this and gets something from it, I will feel like a superhero. Join me. Let's create a community of weirdos that aren't afraid to strip off the layers and show up. Like, really show up. Let's see what happens.