I write this sat on my sister's new sofa, in her shiny new apartment, comfortably soaking in an awesome view of Dubai's Business Bay. The windows are floor to ceiling, wall to wall, and the grey white interiors make the blue greens of the glass tower blocks and shimmering marina waters pop.
We’re visiting my sister in Dubai for the week and she's just moved in. It's beautiful.
So why, you may ask, is there a picture of a frog?
Well, I have been meaning to write about Frog for sometime now. He sits in our shower, 'chillaxing' and doing his thing. Without fail, he makes me smile every single day.
We first saw him when holidaying in the beautiful Alaçatı, Turkey. He was chilling by the pool, living a good life. Graham and I loved him because he made us chuckle whenever we walked by.
So imagine Graham’s excitement when two weeks later we stumbled across the same figurine in a shop in Ankara.
“Let’s get him!” Graham said.
“Hmmm naaaahh, I don't think so", I responded
"Why not?" He asked.
Simple questions challenging my nonsense…again…
So, why not?
Well, because although he makes me smile and brings me joy, doesn't he look a little 'cheap'? Isn't he 'too silly', 'too nonsensical' and ultimately 'not stylish enough'...
Insert well-deserved eye rolls. But truth is, those were my reasons, and recognising that made me ask one more thing..
Too cheap/silly/nonsensical/not stylish enough FOR WHOM?!
Because ultimately the only thing that truly matters for our home is that Graham and I love it.
I realise this perhaps seems a little dramatic for an amphibian mould but I feel it's quite metaphorical, so indulge me a little.
When we make choices about how we dress our homes, our bodies, our children, WHO ARE WE DRESSING THEM FOR??!!!!
Whose approval are we seeking above our own?
What mould are we trying to distort and squeeze our unique selves and lives into so that we 'fit'?
Are we compromising on things we love and things that bring us joy because of what we fear/assume/predict others may think?
Well what a load of rubbish that is.
Thankfully we bought the frog. And every single day, without fail, I am SO glad we did!
So to my beautiful sister whose apartment is eagerly awaiting its first ever dressing, I urge you to choose, not to suit others, but wholly to suit yourself! (Not that I have ever doubted that you would do it any other way. 😉 )
And to you guys - what’s something that you unapologetically love that perhaps others don’t? I would so love to know so please comment away.
Oh and by the by, this is Bull Dog. He often wears our reading glasses at night and he has a very similar story to Frog.
So much love to you all,