I once paraded around Cubao in a panda onesie. One of my finer moments in life that I will forever be proud of.
Whether that’s crazy and stupid or fun and exciting for some of you, that’s really up to you and the fact is it’s incredibly hot in the Philippines and walking around in a public place in a very eye catching outfit is something that would draw people’s attention.
Let’s get to the part that you’re obviously curious about “Why did she do it?”. I did it for the sake of trying to win something I truly cared about, I had just entered an Ice Cream contest for Novotel Hotel. I made it to the semi-finals and to win I had to post my experience eating their ice cream on social media.
Needless to say, I risked pride and potential embarrassment for the sake of my entry. I saw this opportunity to get creative and break out from my shell, to do something different and out of my comfort zone.
So with the help of my good friend we set off to Cubao to shoot my entry.
Clearly, it took a lot of guts (amongst some other things) to do this shoot. Never in all my life did I even dream that I would be one of those people who could do something as outrageous and over the top as this. Little did I know that this shoot wouldn’t be the craziest thing I would ever do, but that’s a blog post for another day.
Life doesn’t set you up for the things you expect instead it sets you up for the things that you never could expect.
Internally panicking at the parking basement was my escape to do the task for a few minutes to compose myself and I needed to constantly remind myself why I want to do this not because I have to do this.
I set myself up for possible humiliation to be judged by dozens of people and with the digital age today I could easily end up being posted on social media by onlookers who would think of me as as crazy person. But despite knowing the high possibilities of the worst case scenario to happen, I willed myself to push through.
The hardest was leaving the basement but once you get past the initial stares and judgement of the people around you, it isn’t that bad and eventually you think “As long as I’m not hurting people, I don’t care what they think about me”.
That thought alone gave me tremendous confidence to pull the shoot off, and the picture above was the hardest to take. Obvious reasons being that it was a crossing, there wasn’t any stoplights or traffic enforcers present to stop the cars. I had to walk around and time it perfectly that no cars would be passing by and that position myself somewhere where my friend who stood by at the sideway could take a good picture.
I was practically posing blind (the hoodie played a big part with that) and with the heat continuing it’s sweltering descent on me, it was difficult but fun which makes it worth it. Nothing comes easy, right?
My idea for the shoot was to incorporate the past and the current. A simple change of clothes and facial expressions would symbolize the transition of the then and the now.
Although, I don’t know if I was successful in getting the point across. This is the main end result of the shoot, my friend worked her photoshop skills to create this picture. If you get my point in the picture please comment down below or if you get a different meaning out of it let me know I would love to hear it.
I didn’t win the contest but I won something better than a year supply of ice cream, I won courage and faced my fears and that itself is priceless.
Fear will always be there in everything that we do but don’t let it rule your life that you can’t think of the positives and instead always stick with the negatives.