Recently, I bought a wallet and was pleasantly surprised when I got home to find a little bitty change purse in the package as well.. To many it may just look like an ordinary change purse but instantaneously I was taken back in time to when my grandmother would carry around her little change purse then I started to feel like an old lady and thought I would look foolish carrying this around, though my favorite granma never did!!
A few days later, while picking up a few items at The Coach Store on Madison Ave., my sales guy and I started discussing different types of prints as well as the type of leather utilized on my Coach bag, the funny thing about that is ALL this time I was carrying around real crocodile on my arms and didn’t realize it as it really never came to mind until that very moment; I proceeded to share that I just got my wallet as well and Mark agreed that it looked like I was enjoying reptile prints very much, we both laughed at this and I concurred that he was right..
Before leaving, I looked down at my little coin purse and I became conflicted and said, “Mark, you are an expert with these things, do you think I will look silly taking out my little coin purse, I fear I may look like an old lady or something!!” (NO disrespect to any beautifully seasoned women out there, you know how much I ❤ you ALL #Smile) Then Mark turned to me and said, “Honey, NO, it is NOT an old lady looking coin purse; it’s Vintage….”
I close with this, we sometimes have fears of how others may perceive us, we sometimes shrink down because of our ridiculous insecurities or because of issues that haunt us from our past!! I was bullied a lot growing up, especially since I was moved from the North to the South at a very young age where I experienced quite a few problems with peers etc. so today I sometimes worry about what others may think.. As Mark smiled at me and gave me the confidence I needed again, the words played in my head for days..
Often times, Vintage is referred to as an item that is old and comes back into style from years past, but here is the definition I found after a simple search on http://www.merriam-webster.com: a season’s yield of grapes or wine from a vineyard (2) : wine; especially : a usually superior wine all or most of which comes from a single year!!
When you read this last sentence, what does it speak to you??
To me, it sheds light on the fact that yes something can be old, not in perfect condition according to some peoples standards, but when you examine what is truly in front of you, you will see how superior it really is.. I have had to stop worrying about others perception but also value myself and realize that I am ME and that is the Only way I can BE!! Friends, embrace yourselves, know that you can use what has happened in your past and turn it into something fabulous, to Granma, I LoVe and Miss You, your style and carefree nature, to Mark, Thank You for helping me realize the beauty in something so uncanny and to the World, Be Blessed and Remember “It’s Vintage!!”