‘Bold & Beautiful’, They say.

It was the new ideal form
Printed on graphic tees and
Everything
Painted in journals
Expressed with the deepest
Words any language had to offer

Times are changing, they say
We’re really out there now
I wish I could wrap my head
Around this lie though
But I can’t, you see
I haven’t been taught to
Acknowledge
Yet I could never get the hang of
Ignorance either
Ergo, pardon my incongruous
Ways

I know deep inside we’re all
Shattered
We’re in too many pieces
To even keep count of what
Weighs us down anymore,
We’re just drowning
And we call it ‘letting go
For some reason

Times are changing,
Maybe for those who like
To control time & keep the
Reins between their fingers
But for you & I, it hasn’t
No wonder we still think twice
Before standing out
Before ‘coming out‘ because
Apparently, we owe an explanation
For being ourselves

Times haven’t changed
Except for diminished values
Maybe
And plastic smiles
Guarding unspoken tragedies,
We still judge
In the name of movements
Upholding the ink of hypocrisy
Because as we all know it
A pen is mightier than a sword
And so it is

So it is,
Please, don’t be bold and
Beautiful
Don’t quote it around like
You truly live by it
Life is not an Instagram bio
You’ll never ‘live & let live

Firstly, be bold enough to
Accept your beauty,
Let yourself live.

-Nameera.


So, this was basically a rant (if you haven’t figured out already). I’m really in a dilemma when I think of these ‘changing times’ because I’m not so sure about what’s changing. Okay maybe there have been many plus points but along with that, there’s been an increase in setbacks too. A common example would be of the twisted notions people have regarding feminism because of misleading feminists. On the one hand, we’re really progressive as a society towards global issues & that’s what the problem could be. We’re stuck in the middle, not where we were & not where we’re supposed to be. Sometimes, I wonder if all thoughtful quotes have been restricted for bios of our social media sites, how much of it do we actually understand? Because following it comes way later. We haven’t even grasped the meaning of life. Where are we heading? Is this progress? Why have we shunned aside acceptance? I know it’s a small word, insignificant to you perhaps but it makes a real difference. Ask anyone who’s never been considered normal. I know it’s impossible to not judge people because inside all our heads, there’s a tiny voice that speaks fearlessly. But do learn to give people a chance. Don’t expect anything, just accept. That’s how you live & let live.

Peace.

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15 thoughts on “‘Bold & Beautiful’, They say.

    1. We need to accept the fact that progress has two sides to it, positive & negative. I believe what we lack is understanding & keep complaining about being misunderstood. Yes, I agree that social media has become a tool for showcasing ‘ideal’ lifestyles but the reality is far more different than it’s portrayed online.

      Thank you for the thoughtful feedback, I appreciate it! (:

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  1. I agree with you. ‘Times haven’t changed Except for diminished values’. In this quest for being so called ‘modern’, we are simply throttling our values without even realising that we are not progressing but going the other way round. Brilliant write.

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m glad you agree. Most people think that somehow being modern is synonymous with appearance & attitude. They blindly follow the herd like sheep without ever considering their individuality.

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