Fight For Your Rights.
SomeoneLikeYou Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Yellow Cardigan, Blue Beret, Cream Socks: Forever21.
Blue Peter Pan Collar Dress: Modcloth.
Ruffle Loafers: c/o Pink and Pepper.
I found myself sporting Kent State colors without even realizing I had done so this morning! Through taking my fashion classes, I've just become so much more inspired by my wardrobe and the things I can do with it that I never realized before studying fashion. In one of my classes, we're studying color theory so I've really been inspired to try out new combinations with my wardrobe by mixing complements, split complements, triadic, analogous, and such. Even though my wardrobe is the smallest it's ever been, I feel more inspired than ever by it.
Today was a powerful day though. I've been dreading going to this 'May 4th, 1970 memorial' video showing that's required for one of my classes for weeks now. It's just about the famous shootings that happened at Kent State and how it impacted the country thereafter. Like I said, I was totally dreading it but once I saw it tonight, I realized a lot of things.
I was walking through the student center plaza this morning to find an older man holding up a sign that said 'you need Jesus.' He was shouting at students as they walked by, preaching at them to find God and to seek a holier life. I am a Christian and a Catholic myself and of course I believe in having God in my life. I don't believe in Evangelism though and condemning other people for the way they want to live their life and telling them what to believe, so I just thought the way the man handled it was incredibly rude.
Long story short, I went by the center later in the day and hundreds of students were gathered around the man, protesting and standing up for their beliefs. It was a peaceful protest, holding up signs and such, but it was still so powerful to see and be apart of students standing up for what they believe in.
Seeing this demonstration of standing up for your beliefs gave me new eyes when watching the movie today. Seeing how forty years ago, students just like me stood up for what they believed in, just like students did today, and they were shot and killed.
All of this just makes me really realize how much power I have and potential to do anything with my life, with my beliefs, with everything that's been given to me. It inspires me for this blog, as silly as it may sound. At the end of the day, no one can tell me what to believe and what to write about; it's up to me. Sometimes I hold things back from here, nervous about getting criticized, but all of the events of today made me realize that I have a voice and I have it for a reason. And through exercising this voice, I am using the gift that previous Kent State students wanted to have so many years ago and they were deprived of.
It's a beautiful thing.
With much love, Lauren.