The Blurry Picture 2

Thoughts and ramblings...Fast forward to later that night. I'm about to retire for the day and a very good friend responds to a congratulatory message I'd sent her earlier about a milestone achievement and she replies with a laughter emoji.

I can't place the laughter, so I ask her what's funny and the following conversation ensues:

Me: what's funny, kwanu?

Her: The picture you posted on Facebook. Kindly delete it first.

At this point, I must admit I feel a bit miffed, but there's no point. I know my friend means well, so I reply- "my picture is now funny, eh kwa?" And to her, "kindly delete it first," I reply, "ifihear.com. For what?"

To which she replies, "it's blurry. Except that's the concept. Then lemme go and love it in peace".

There's no way I'm living this one down, so I reply, "ehn, love it like that. I'm not blurry in real life".

The following day, the picture came up in my gist with my photographer friend, and she suggested I change the privacy settings instead of deleting the picture. I heed the suggestion and do just that. 

The same day, my sister left me a dm on Instagram about how I needed a better camera so I could take better pictures. I forgot to mention that before I can change the privacy settings, the said picture already has eight likes on Facebook.

As I mull over the incident, though, I can't help but draw a few lessons from that one blurry photo:

1 When it's all said and done, it's about what you and I see. To date, whenever I look at that picture, all I see is my beautiful self, not the blurry image on my screen. Even the people who love you the most in this life can't love you as you can love yourself. Whose lenses do you see yourself from- yours or others? When you look at yourself, what do you see? It's a game-changer.

2. Surround yourself with people who'll always tell you the truth, even if you don't like it. Now, I have no idea what went through the minds of some people who liked the photo, but even if they thought it was blurry, they didn't mention to me, simply liked it. Reminds me of the story of the naked emperor. We all need that little boy in that story who will be brutally honest with us every single time(or most of the time).

3. Life isn't perfect. I'm not perfect. Yet, it's amusing how we spend so much time editing and re-editing our lives and our photos so that others can see the perfect, flawless us. We're afraid to be judged, so we make sure it's just right before we put it out there. I'm learning to be a child again, to be just...human. Like the apostle Paul said, I glory in my weakness. That flaw completes me; it is the full picture. To deny it is to deny me and to rob myself of the growth experience. To embrace it is to be free.

4. Yeah, the photo may be blurry, but it's just that- a photo. I'm not blurry in real life, whatever that means 😁😁😁😁

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