I’ve been dropping the ball at work a bit lately, sending emails riddled with typos, missing self-imposed deadlines, feeling all sorts of stress and frenzy and anxiety. It’s a big season of growth and change for me, managing a women’s lifestyle site with a gifted staff and important mission (and shoestring budget!). I’ve always believed that life is all a matter of perspective, and I’m fortunate enough to be blessed with rose-colored glasses and an ability to see the good in a lot of situations. But when the pressure builds, my glasses sometimes turn dim and things get foggy. And then Peter Jensen comes along with a giant windshield wiper like this one.
Sure, the collection is beautiful. But if you’ve spent any amount of time with me, you’ll know it’s the details that send me reeling. And in the case of Peter Jensen’s SS13 Barbara line, the details are not only stunning, but incredibly prolific.
The holes are everything. The trials and the missteps and the imperfections that weave through our story, teaching us life lessons like flexibility and wisdom and perspective. The holes are it, friends.
Wasn’t it Leonard Cohen that once sang there is a crack in everything – that’s how the light gets through? I’m sitting in that truth today, knowing good and well that light always finds a way to surface.
Holes are real and true and worthy of acceptance – worthy of celebration. Because there will always be a hole. There will always be a mistake. There will always be a rainy morning, bad day, lonely night.
And we can choose to do two things, it seems. We can cover the hole, trapping the light of ourselves with the fibers of expectation. Or, we can embrace it, releasing our inner glow and sharing the beauty of our imperfections the best way we know how.
Peter Jensen chose the latter.
I think I’ll attempt the same.
Image Credits: Peter Jensen
p.s. The beauty of our flaws.