#LoveWins Every. Single. Time.

When only #lovewins, only love has the answer.

  Namaste From Ananya-LoveWinsEveryTime3

I was going to make this a post about the things I’d been loving this month…

But over and above the material things, there’s been one particular event that I’ve loved.

Last weekend, I went to Brighton Pride and caught up with some close friends.

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A glorious day of sunshine and colour but, mostly it filled with love.

As we basked in the sun’s rays, we soaked up each other’s company and caught up on months worth of life.

Moments of content silence passed [you know you’re in good company when you don’t need to always fill the air void of words]!

The atmosphere of Pride, had us all feeling proud; laidback vibes of summer, a sunkissed festival of celebration.

We marveled and drank it all in.

This is what made life beautiful: the variety, the diversity and the originality of each individual.

 —

One of my friends smiled as she said she’d overheard a mother explain what the Pride festival was all about:

‘It’s about celebrating and being proud of who you are’

Simple. Honest. Truth.

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It rang so true.

It also reminded me of something I’d recently come across.

Cheryl Strayed, the author of ‘Wild also acted as the agony aunt behind the popular ‘Dear Sugar’ column on The Rumpus. Following it’s popularity, some of the most memorable letters had been published in an anthology of authentic letters and replies by Cheryl Strayed herself. It is simply the most beautifully curated book.

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The particular correspondence I was thinking of involved an individual who identified as gay but felt oppressed and ostracized by his extremely religious Christian family. His family just could not accept him and had gone as far as sending him away to ‘cure’ his sexuality.

In her response, Strayed urged him to seek solace in the people who loved him for his authentic self and asks whether he’d been to a Pride parade/festival. She mentioned that she took her two younger ‘sugars’, her children, to the festival each year and teared up, finding it hard to voice the extent of her feelings to her young offspring.

“I think I cry because it always strikes me as sacred, all those people going by.

People who decided simply to live their truth, even when doing so wasn’t simple.

Each and every one of them had the courage to say,

This is who I am even if you’ll crucify me for it. 

Just like Jesus did.”

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So powerfully put, her words moved me to my core. They articulated my thoughts exactly.

To proclaim our deepest, most vulnerable authentic truths to the world?

That takes utter bravery and courage.

Because the truth is, as Ash Beckham, explains in her TED talk:

regardless of our sexual orientation, race or religion,

we’re all hiding or ‘in the closet’ about something.

-Whether it’s being too scared to voice our opinions or feelings, too sacred to speak our truth:

to expose our vulnerabilities or insecurities for fear of being judged, ostracised, scrutinised.

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The answer?

 Love.

Love for ourselves, love (and empathy) for others.

Plain & simple and yet often so difficult.

 Love.

 Because #LoveWins.

 Every Single Time.

 

 Do you agree? What have been your experiences of Pride 2016?

I’d love to hear from you!

Until the next time,

Namaste, from Ananya

xo

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  • Oh I really love this post! I love Cheryl Strayed’s answer and I think you’ve captured the spirit of pride so perfectly with your words here too x
    Sophie Cliff

    • Aw thanks so much Sophie, that’s so lovely to hear! Cheryl Strayed’s answer is just the best though! 🙂 xx

  • Dilara Bosak

    Beautifully said. Gave me absolute chills. I will be showing this to my family, thank you for the wonderful post. Very inspiring!

    With love,
    http://dilarabosak.com

    • Dilara, that means so much, thank you! So glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 xx

  • This is adorable! So lovely and inspiring! x

    http://www.serenbird.com/

    • Thank you so much Serena, so lovely to hear! xx

  • This is such a beautiful post. Love wins all the way! Pride is such a magical time x

    alicered.co.uk

    • Thanks so much Alice for reading 🙂 It truly does & I couldn’t agree more! 🙂 xx

  • This is the cutest post!

    Parie x
    classandglitter.com

    • Ah thanks so much Parie 🙂 xx

  • this is so lovely. i think when you get to the bottom of it, love, is simply just love. no sugarcoat, no drama, it’s probably the purest thing left in the world and it should be celebrated in any way possible. to be able to love yourself thus have no fear to show your love to others regardless of gender is an absolutely amazing thing. mad props for people who brave to love in which love fueled their bravery.

    xx http://tanaditya.co.vu

    • Completely and utterly Tannya, I agree whole-heartedly with you! <3
      It's so inspiring and something for all of us to include in our daily lives a bit more 🙂 Thanks so much, loved reading your words! xxx

  • Tiffany Tales

    Such a lovely post! Pride is such an inspiring celebration x

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    • Thanks so much Tiffany! It is, isn’t it 🙂 xx

  • Your words just always, always, always strike a chord with me. “To proclaim our deepest, most vulnerable authentic truths to the world?That takes utter bravery and courage.” And for the things we’re hiding, no matter how big or small, to be met with love and empathy – it’s the ideal. Loved this post.

    Raashi
    reflectionswithraa.blogspot.com.au

    • You’re always too kind Raashi! Thanks so much for reading. Hopefully I can take my own advice at times…! xx