Today’s Gem of Gratitude #224


Today I am thankful for the color red. Surprisingly, though, red is a color that I have only come to favor recently. Growing up there were three colors that I absolutely did not care for: yellow, pink, and red. I was naturally more drawn to green and black, colors that are more neutral and, to me, represented a sense of balance and, to a certain extent, uniformity in my life.

Throughout the years I have come more into my own and I have truly begun to find out more and more who I really am and why I am here. This adventure of discovery has slowly but surely drawn me out of the tight little box that I put myself into as a child. And a few years ago I came to realize that not only had I left that box behind, but that I had also left my affinity for the colors green and black with it.

Of course that’s not to say that I no longer care for those colors, because they certainly do still have a place in my life and definitely in my wardrobe. I just no longer consider those colors to be representative of who I am today. At this time of my life, believe it or not, I identify more so with the color red than any color in existence. At first I had no idea why, after all of these years, I had suddenly found myself drawn to the color red. After all, most red frosting tastes horrible, the red coloring in clothing tends to bleed terribly in the wash, and the majority of fashion items that happen to be red look cheap and appear to lack quality for some reason, all of which give the impression that society views the color red as being more of an outcast of sorts.

Yet, now that I really take the time to think about it, I realize that there is a sense of passion, drive, creativity, willingness to try new things, and a genuine beauty that is exuded by the color red. And when I look into the mirror now that is what I see. So, I have come to appreciate my inner redness and the way that the color red now speaks for me. #lovebythedrop

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