Did the title get you? I hope so. Because this is no ordinary post dear readers. This is about unapologetic beauty. Strong women. Talented people. One fiction/one real. Both very inspirational to me this past week. So that time I met Katniss…and Pink ->
It started when I took my big kids to watch The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Guys, it was a week-changer-type-of-movie. Not just because of the action…but because of our reaction to it. We talked about it at dinner. We replayed the scenes. My oldest got out the book (she has the whole trilogy) for me and I read it from cover-to-cover in a night (it’s a page turner!). I, like my big kids, were captivated by Katniss. She was smart, resourceful, ever-learning, and yes…human. My big kids connected with her as a character while I grew inspired by her beauty.
She was natural (in both look and character). She was unimpressed by the Capital Beauty (as was I). Such a strong character. Imperfect yet perfectly comfortable within her own skin. I admire that.
Fast forward a few days…
Thanks to P & G, I was set to see Pink in concert at the Air Canada Centre (ironic how the ticket perfectly matched my CoverGirl lipslicks lip balm – meant to be right?!). Floor seats. I would have been excited to see the show..except that my tummy was turning instead. See..I was to MEET Pink backstage ahead of time (most people would be thrilled…I felt like throwing up).
See…I’m not fierce. Or Courageous. I’m not trend setting. Or CoverGirl beautiful. I’m not even really cool (erase the really…I’m just not cool. period). My thoughts of meeting Pink weren’t “wow, that’s amazing!” – it was more “what the heck do I wear? do? say?”
And you want to re-live that feeling of your grade-nine-nerd-self?!…stand next to a rock star…
Yes, I felt awkward at first. But you know what?! I left inspired. Not just because I sucked up my anxiety (seriously, took a lot of sucking…I was pretty nervous!). But I ended up taking a “This is Me” approach to the meeting.
My hair wasn’t professionally done. My clothes not the latest in style. My make-up simple. I thought of Katniss and realized…being comfortable in your own skin the best beauty.
And it worked for me.
Pink was lovely. Petite. In shape (I envy her abs). Stunning makeup and simple outfit (one-piece blue pantsuit, black jacket, heels). She welcomed me with a smile and a handshake. We talked about kids (yes, me and the rockstar talking kids…we could have easily been in a playground rather than a stadium). It was a moment between two Moms. And I realized. Pink and Katniss…I can learn from these women…
I shouldn’t worry so much. I should feel confident in my abilities. Real. Pushing boundaries but staying true to who I am. Feel comfortable in my own skin.
You don’t need to be a “cool kid” or set the trend…you can break barriers and be beautiful. Always.Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.