August 26, 2015

The One About Modesty.

I was watching this video and a thought came into my mind...so if you're bothered or offended by a little God talk, go ahead and keep scrolling, but I promise this won't be super dogmatic or anything.

Today I watched this video of Colbie Caillat's song "Try" urging girls to ignore worrying so much about their outward appearance due to worry about whether or not others will like them. 



In the beginning of the song she sings: 
"Get your sexy on
Don't be shy, girl
Take it off
This is what you want, to belong, so they like you
Do you like you?"

From there the song progresses to deliver a positive message about how as girls/women we don't have to try so hard so people like us, we just need to keep our heads up and like ourselves for us. Accept us. 

She sings:

"Wait a second,
Why, should you care, what they think of you
When you're all alone, by yourself, do you like you?
Do you like you?"

It rang a bell in my mind. My whole life I have been preached to that I don't have to change anything about myself because God loves me just the way I am—the way He created me! He cares about what's on the inside, which is where my priorities ought to be: am I kind? Do I speak truth? 

It's less about how I look to others, it's about how I treat others. 

It's growing ever more popular, this movement for women to accept themselves just as they are. Hey!!! This is what the Bible has been teaching from the beginning! It hit me so hard to realize that when society deems religion or modesty as oppressive and keeping women from expressing themselves, they forget that modesty is actually freeing! It's about accepting who we are, promoting self-respect, and not imposing a need to look a specific way or wear specific clothes to be accepted. Modesty promotes US LIKING US as individuals, OUR CHARACTERS are emphasized. We like ourselves as individuals not for our outward façade. 

I'm not saying if you don't believe in the Bible you can't be modest; I'm not dealing with other beneficial and successful ways of promoting healthy body images. I'm not trying to diss anyone or any differing perspective. Right now, I'm just explaining my point of view on modesty from a Biblical perspective—it's anything but oppressive and demeaning! It's freeing! We are accepted for ourselves the way we are, the way we were created. And it doesn't matter if the world sees us that way. Do we like ourselves? Are we comfortable with how far we've grown as individuals? How much we've learned, overcome, experienced, and our qualities as women?

Colbie ends her song with:  

"Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
'Cause I like you"

Let me dare to alter her words a little bit... 

"Take your make-up off
Let your hair down
Take a breath
Look into the mirror, at yourself
Don't you like you?
'Cause He likes you...
'Cause He made you...
'Cause He died for you...
'Cause He LOVES you...the real you."

August 17, 2015

The One With the Brasília TV Tower.

In continuation of my recent trip to Brasília...

On Thursday we stopped to get a taste of tourism in the capital before driving on to Goiás. We went up to the TV tower—one of the few prominent buildings of the city not designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The architecture for the building was another Brazilian—Lúcio Costa
Unfortunately, as fate would have it, I only took my zoom lens on this trip. While I was able to get a wonderful view and lots of closeups from the lookout at the top of the tower, I was not able to fit the entire tower within a frame for a photo of the tower itself! *cue frustration*

You can see a picture of the entire tower here.

Costa, while considered a Brazilian architect, was actually born in France, which might explain how the Eiffel Tower became an inspiration for Brasília's TV Tower. He worked together with Niemeyer on the same committee that planned the city of Brasília. 

The tower was originally built for its practical use—for TV and radio wave transmission. However, the popularity of the lookout from 75 meters (246 feet) off the ground soon changed the tower into a popular attraction. 

The steel tower stands 224 meters (735 feet) tall, and was inaugurated in 1967. The lookout is open Tuesday through Sunday, but ignore website hours, and make it a rule to skip most touristic places on Mondays as they are usually closed for maintenance. (Ask me how I know.)

JK memorial and museum.
Digital Tower and other lookout
The Cathedral, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, and the National Library.
The Juscelino Kubitschek bridge

We stopped to take a picture by the I <3 Brasília sign, but of course I would stop talking.
Have you been up on any lookouts lately? 
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