365 Project - Day 16 - Namaste

I have to say as "enlightened" as someone like myself tries to be, I am prone to as many irrational securities as anyone else. This challenge has really been tough on my self image from a couple of perspectives. First of all, I have never been comfortable with my appearance and seeing all the other people's posts - every one of each is more attractive than me - well - it's not fun. I understand (well, sorta understand) the point of a self portrait is not to produce model-like pictures, but to show the inner self. Still, I guess I can be as superficial as anyone sometimes.

 

Secondly, I don't think this mode of photography is my forte - which I suppose is quite the point of undertaking a challenge like this - to improve and spark creativity. I also feel petty as my self portraits have not seemed to capture much interest. On the same token, maybe I just don't work hard enough at them to deserve much attention.I tend to take the pictures I feel I am "good" at and not try others - a behavior that becomes a vicious cycle. In my rational moments I understand the point of these challenges is to push oneself out of one's comfort zone to spur creativity and growth.

 

So today's pic - which I kinda like - is meant to remind myself to undergo this challenge, like any other activity, with mindfulness - to observe these thoughts and let them go - and to embrace myself.

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Taken on August 8, 2008