“April's air stirs in Willow-leaves...a butterfly Floats and balances” ― Matsuo Bashō, Japanese Haiku As it wasn't quite springtime when we took these pics, I decided to (over)compensate with a flower print...
Even if i’m an Aquarius and we’re supposed to have a rebellious side, I’ve never looked at myself as defiant by nature. But now that I think of it, I’ve never liked to do things as everyone else just to be accepted in a group. I’ve always preferred to stand out from the crowd, be it by the clothes I wore, the music I listened to or anything else about my looks or manner of interpreting things. And although when I was growing up I sometimes felt afraid to take initiative and be outspoken when my views were not aligned to the views of the majority, there has always been a voice somewhere in the back of my mind pushing me to say exactly what I thought was right. In the meantime I grew up, I grew stronger and more confident, and as new challenges come my way and I try to approach them with a rebel spirit.
Something that I could have definitely benefitted from in this process is the book Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Now even if it’s marketed more towards a younger audience, I found myself completely enthralled by these stories immediately after I started reading it. There are 100 tales of extraordinary girls/ women (of various ages, ethnicities, backgrounds), some more well-known than others, but all of them passionate and fearless. I’ve learned many new names & biographical details – there are tales of queens and astronauts, writers and pirates, activists and explorers, scientists, athletes and many more.
So what do you think are the traits of a rebel girl? In my mind, it’s about being a pioneer, an innovator, stepping out of the line and changing the world around you and even doing something out-of-the ordinary to challenge yourself without caring too much what the world thinks Like taking photos in the Botanical Garden, on a crowded weekend, wearing a kimono& velvet slippers, ignoring the onlookers . Or skydiving for the first time, but more about that in a future post.
I’m wearing: Zara kimono & pants, H&M velvet slides & Good Night stories for Rebel Girls via Books Express