So I am having a single girl's night in, watching Glee and eating frozen yogurt. Sounds like heaven, right? I know!
The premise this week, besides the Gaga stuff, is about dressing as one wishes; being bold and expressive, rather than status quo.
I forgot about the me of my younger days who loved expressing myself through my clothing. Don't get me wrong, I still do; only now, I dress appropriately.
And when Gaga says she dresses or does what she does because she can, I get bothered for my impressionable students who think that being outlandish and acting dramatic and subversive is okay.
But then I remember - I was once like that too. And then I grew up, closed my mind, forgot about my creative needs and outlets...
Is it okay to dress outlandishly? To present oneself as different for the norm? Is it okay to be dramatic and atypical for personal expression? What's so wrong about different?
I remember my dad telling me the importance of being a part of the crowd, not standing apart from the crowd.
It sounded so sheep-like to me.
Yet now, I feel like it is important to understand that everything we do, say, wear, presents us in a certain light. And no matter what, we are being judged. We are telling others what to think of us based on the way we communicate ourselves through our appearance.
But is it so wrong to want to express ourselves outlandishly, eccentrically? Why does Gaga bug me so much?
I guess because there are many levels to creativity and wearing weird things does not always mean one is creative or dramatic.
There, I think, needs to be some taste to being different.
At least a little thought.
I don't think anyone should do anything simply because she can...
Because where is the art in that? Where is the depth? Where is the drama?