It's downright sad that we forget that what's most beautiful is the person you are without these enhancements in looks or personality. As they say men are most happy when women are nude and I completely agree but probably not in the way you're thinking. Being nude, as quoted from the Merriam Webster Dictionary is being "devoid of a natural or conventional covering." It's never stated exactly how you cover yourself up. Being devoid of clothing doesn't necessarily mean you're already nude. Instead I believe we should be able to instill in ourselves the different kind of nudity, the kind where we literally bare our souls, passions, thoughts, love, and ideas into the world and not just try to follow what everyone else is doing. In short, being nude is simply just being the person you truly are. We forget just how precious it is to be yourself. If you live your life always trying to be who you're not because of society’s norms or to conform to what your family and friends expect or want you to be, you will be living a life full of unhappiness and that is a fate worse than rejection.
At the end of the day, society's fundamental problem is we fear rejection too much. We fear a life of getting hurt. We are terrified of what people think of us instead of focusing on what we think about ourselves. We don't know what would happen if we started showing people who we really are because then we'd think the rejection would consume us. What we don't realize is how essential rejection is to our personhood, because you may be shunned and humiliated by people because of who you are but that doesn't take away the strength you gained from it. It scares and hurt us the most if it’s our families we are afraid of disappointing. But always remember that it’s your life to live, not theirs. And as long as who you are and what you wish to be isn’t something illegal or immoral, our families are usually forgiving and accepting. Sometimes, it will take time for them to accept things like a change in career, gender preference or the person you’re in love with.
But most of all, when we try to be bare naked and just be true to who you are, you'll know who are the people to keep in your life, the people who accept you for everything you are and aren't. That's what makes stripping down all your barriers worth it, it's for those people who will accept and love you for who you truly are and not those you just force yourself to be with.
And that's why I'm telling you it's time to strip down all these masks we've put up to conceal. It's time to bare it all out. It's time to go nude. Peel off all those insecurities. Show people your true colors. Expose the person you've been hiding from the world. Shed all your doubts of rejection and dare to be bare!
- Danielle Bernabe
Illustration by Frances Seno