It’s easier than you might think
I talk about changing the world a lot and a lot of people must think I’m naive. They say you need a surreal amount of money, of people, that it’s downright impossible to change the world fundamentally. I tend to disagree. I might be naive, but I think it’s up to each and every one of us to change the world. Our world, at least. Because that’s where it all stems from.
It’s no secret that I used to hate myself. I hated myself so fiercely that it prevented me from living my life to the fullest. From living my life at all, sometimes. I used to have another blog back then, maybe some of you remember it, called Wings For Liberty. The name is very ironical to me now, as it’s exactly what I actually needed. I needed something to pull me out of the tight grasp of negativity that had taken over my life. It was a fashion & beauty focused blog, a space where I would pretend that everything is ok and that I am living the fashionista life. My dream back then was to be a successful blogger, so the fact that that was not happening either was making me sulk even more. I’d be constantly frustrated and envious on the girls that were “making it” around me, it seemed so easy for them and I was convinced I was not successful because I was fat. It was, as seen through my eyes back then, the only difference between us.
I discovered that it was not. The problem with my lack of success & inner peace didn’t come from the fact that I wasn’t skinny, but because I used to pretend I was. I used to only wear clothes that would conceal my real shape (highlight my waist and hide my tummy) and photoshop my photos so that I’d look an M at most. I wore the clothes I thought people would consider cute & wrote about superficial nothings, just as I’ve seen other fashion bloggers do. It was pretty much always weather & something about clothes. I used to censor and hide myself, my body, my mind, my everything. That Patricia was not me.
The day I showed the world who the real Patricia is was the most successful day since I started blogging. I wrote an article about whether you can or not feel beautiful in spite of society’s standards, talked about my body image issues & bulimia for the first time and posted unretouched photos of me in a swimsuit. It was terrifying, however the reaction was unbelievable. I got tens of comments & shares, messages after messages from people who’d tell me they’d been through the same.
That’s the moment I realised that there’s nothing wrong with the real Patricia and that I need to have the courage to express myself freely. So I did. And here we are today, when I can say that writing is my full time job, that I can earn my living off my work, that I’ve got several important nominations by publications such as ELLE and that I’ve been a speaker at more than one event. This is not a #HumbleBrag, I’m just trying to point out that these are not just empty words, that I’ve truly accomplished quantifiable things during these past two years and a half. And all it took was being myself and speaking my mind. That and a lot of hard work, but it was so worth it.
I might’ve not changed THE world, but I turned mine upside down. I completely changed my life and how I see things. And with my work, I am slowly changing others. I get messages almost daily from people who tell me that my articles have helped them in one way or another. That is most definitely my proudest achievement.
The point that I’m trying to make is that I am not the only one. So many artists, scientists and brilliant people were considered crazy in their time. Off the top of my head comes Mozart or Van Gogh whose art revolutionized the world, however they were starving artists. Can you imagine what the world would look like today if they would’ve stopped creating? If they would’ve listened to their critics and stopped expressing themselves? Sometimes I sit and wonder how fast would the medicine have evolved if people weren’t burning witches at the stake.
Our world changes and evolves because people are brave enough to express themselves. Thankfully today they are no longer alone and there are people who believe in them. Absolut is one brand who fully stands behind self expression. In that scope, they’ve launched the Create A Better Tomorrow, Tonight campaign, with the aim of supporting young artists’ self expression ventures. Because, as I’ve said myself, that’s what lies at the centre of our world’s evolution.
In order to take the campaign to the next level and truly stand behind it, Absolut has also launched two limited edition bottles, one with glitter and one with sequins.
With creativity always at the core of the brand’s purpose to drive progress and inspire change, the bottle features an interactive design that allows you to unwrap it, just like you would an actual gift. Inspired by the shimmer of the night sky and the endless possibilities of the night the bottle will add excitement to any party or celebration, when people are free to Uncover their true selves.
The Absolut Uncover – Sleeve edition will be available in retail stores starting mid-November 2017.