Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are thankfully residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.
As members of the nail polish community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color and even to our polish application techniques. To look down on anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people’s view of “normal” dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.
In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.
My experience with bullying, where do I start… and how do I tell, because honestly, it seems like I’ve stopped remembering it all.
I’ve never been a skinny girl, ever. And I’ve been bullied a lot because of that when I was a child and early teen. But because I felt my parents had gone through a lot already as they lost two children before having me, I decided never to tell them. I wanted to protect them but never had the courage to protect myself. Had I known what I know now, that not telling them and them finding out later hurt them even more, I of course would have told them all about it. But hindsight is always 20/20 right? Nothing I can do about it now and it still hurts them to this day that I kept quiet about it. That being said, I don’t think anyone deals with bullying easily, well maybe the bullies do, but certainly not the victims or their loved ones.
On to the manicure! Today I am wearing a purple nail polish gradient with a Lotus painted on it to show the victims of bullies that they’re not alone and that they too can grow past this moment. You see the ancient wisdom of the Hindus teaches that life has to be lived to evolve. Staying in deep slush if needed, like the lotus does, and using the same slush to evolve better and better, the mud the flower grows from slides off and will stay on the bottom as the lotus rises above it. The deeper the slush, better and stronger the flower.
If you are experiencing bullying of any kind, online or in real life, please know that there are people there to help and that you’re not alone. Hang in there, it will get better eventually, I promise.
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Being a member of a few facebook groups dedicated to either Nail Polish or Nail Art I noticed that quite a few of the members started to create manicures to support the Go Grey in May Campaign. I became fascinated and curious and did some research before I decided that I also must “Go Grey this May” to support this great cause and raise awareness.
May is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month in the United States. During the month of May, the Brain Tumor Awareness Organization encourages raising awareness through a variety of campaigns and activities. Each campaign or activity will serve as an education and outreach opportunity, a fundraising opportunity, a fitness event, a healing program/exhibit, a community initiative, a support group project or any combination that suits you and/or your group.
People often ask me what’s on my nails and sometimes even why, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity to wear grey, a color that I otherwise rarely wear because it makes my hands look more red than they are due to the cool tint this color naturally has.
Over that I layered two coats of a holographic topcoat I created myself by putting a little bit of Spectraflair pigment into a regular topcoat and I decanted a little bit of China Glaze’s amazing Sexagon into the topcoat as well to make sure the spectraflair had some suspension.
After that was dry I added a nice topcoat, Seche Vite in my case, and there you have it, grey nails with a little bit of a holographic pop that will surely make heads turn on a sunny day.
What do you think, will you be going Grey in May and help spread awareness for this cause?
For more information on the campaign please visit: www.braintumorawareness.org