MIRRORS AND CAGES

 

 

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The mirror knows, or should I say your mirror knows. The intense scrutiny that you give yourself as you stare at your reflection. Your doubts, your worries, your unanswered questions, your flaws, your tears, your scars, your pain, your wonder, your anger, your sorrow, your insecurities….. the mirror knows all these, all your secrets. Well kept secrets that will never be revealed. You have perfected the act of hiding what is underneath with the smile, the make up, the jewelry, the cremes, the weaves, the designer clothes, the scarfs, the tattoos, the personality. Then comes your joy, your confidence, your pride, your happiness, your high esteem… you are now a force to be reckoned with. But why?? Why are you running away from your reflection?! Why are lying to yourself, hiding the real you?! You are living an illusion, covering up instead of embracing. The mirror only reflects the perception you have of yourself.

Caged!

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You made yourself prisoner, you chose to stay in the cage yet it was unlocked.Seeking acceptance from the world by pushing yourself to fit into that cage where beauty is defined…. Struggling to fit, wanting so badly to resemble another. Then what happens to you, your identity?!IMG_9214

Your either too tall or too short, your skin too dark or too pale, overweight or underweight, your teeth not white enough, your eyes too big or too small, your voice too deep or too squeaky, your waist not small enough, your legs not long enough, you have a belly, your hair too short or too long not natural. You are never enough, the cage is always asking for more, more alterations to who you and you gladly oblige, after all, you want to belong. Only you lose yourself, you no longer know the person staring back at you in the mirror. The cage has changed you. All that is left is you looking, wondering what was so good, so perfect about not being yourself, loving yourself.

 Then there you are back from a long day of work, in your own space. Bag down, shoes off, clothes off, underwear off, make up off, hair tied up…. The mirror knows your nudity, and that is you, the real you. Staring back, no place to hide….. So how long can you run from your own self?! Break away from that cage, it was never locked anyway. IMG_9273The person staring back that should be your only comparison, your only competition, the love of your life. No one should love you more than you love yourself, no one knows you like you do. So stop with the scrutiny, look back at that nude you and be glad you found true love, and hey no one is perfect and you are no exception. With self acceptance, comes self love, then the confidence.

Capitalize on your strengths, focus on the positives, and stop dwelling on the petty issues. Stop looking for faults in your reflection, stop comparing yourself. You and your mirror have secrets and so do they. Accept yourself for you are, and that there is the definition of happiness. After all self love is the best love.

When you’re alone all by yourself              
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Reflection stares right into you
Are you happy with yourself?

You stripped away the masquerade
The illusion has been shed
Are you happy with yourself?
Are you happy with yourself?

I know I am…..

Photographer: Laura Owendi

Woke from my slumber lol, writers block is real… Good news though ending the month with a new post, still preaching self love. I kept it short and sweet.

I have missed you all….keep it here, and so will I.

Since I used my own photos for a  change, follow me on Instagram @nabwirae.

Remember read and share, and love yourself, only you can do it best. Hugs to you all.

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19 Comments Add yours

  1. Evelyn says:

    That was awesome darling!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nabwirae says:

      Thanks Evelyn

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  2. Jane says:

    I love it

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nabwirae says:

      Thank you Jane

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  3. OwendiOrwako says:

    “No one should love you more than you love yourself, no one knows you like you do…”
    Beautiful and true.

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    1. nabwirae says:

      Yessss!!!! We all should…. Thanks doll…

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  4. Nick Humphrey Waithaka says:

    As true as the sun shines on the Sahara, exquisite and undoubtable. you have given my self esteem a boost. thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nabwirae says:

      And you’re welcome… Thank you

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  5. Nick Humphrey Waithaka says:

    As true and real as day light. it’s quite encouraging.
    Thank you.

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    1. nabwirae says:

      Thankyou Nick

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  6. LUKE says:

    lovely one…

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    1. nabwirae says:

      Thanks Luke…

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  7. scottwahinya says:

    Nice piece at @Nabwirae
    #DeepStuff
    Not to mention the Superb pics.
    Keep It Up:)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. nabwirae says:

      Hehe…. Thanks Scott, ooh plus the talented photographer

      Like

  8. Wambui says:

    Love! Love! Love! Love!!!

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    1. nabwirae says:

      Aaaaw thanks Wambui

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