Valentine’s Day has rolled around again. Personally, I don’t get it. Murder some helpless flowers and give them to your sweetheart? It just seems like extra pressure for people who have a significant other. “Don’t forget to buy me a sickly-sweet card and some expensive chocolates, sweetie!”
I mean, the story of the original Valentine was pretty cute. A guy named Valentine — a priest, maybe? — was sentenced to death and while in prison wrote a letter to his sweetheart, signing it “Your Valentine.” I’m not sure where I heard this at, because Wikipedia doesn’t seem to know what I’m talking about.
Anyway, the currently established holiday seperates the lonely from the happy. It tells you to be pretty, eat chocolate, be desirable, spend money on Hallmark cards, and kill flowers. You know what? Wear a plaid shirt with a polka dot tank top and ramble about sixteenth-century executions (basically a regular Tuesday for me; I’m such a romantic.)
When I read Kristin Cashore’s blog post declaring today PAN-UNIVERSAL BE WHO YOU ARE DAY, I was enthralled. It gives single and un-romantic people something else to celebrate. This is the chance for people who might be shy about who they are, or people who don’t know who they are, or people who might want to change who they are to announce themselves to the world. Not only this version of ourselves, but also alternate versions!
So here, I might wear a fascinator or a plaid-and-polka-dot ensemble and in another dimension I suddenly become a tattoo artist who plays bass in a rock band (though I’m pretty sure all versions of me are distinctly un-musical). Whatever matches my fancy and shows the world who I really am, I’ll wear or say or do or write it. Because today is Pan-Universal Be Who You Are Day!
Meet Andrej Pejic, a male model sweeping up top-notch designers; as either a man or a woman.
Modelling everything from wedding dresses to chic street wear, at first look you wouldn’t even guess Andrej was anything other than a beautiful young woman. In an article Andrej says
“But now I’m comfortable in my skin, and for my look to be celebrated is great. My look is very personal to me. When I started experimenting, it was a personal decision because I was unhappy. It wasn’t something I did for attention.”
If that isn’t being who you are, then I don’t know what is. Let them grumble.
Happy Pan-Universal Be Who Are Day!