Dior: A Story of Empowerment

It’s officially Summer now whilst Spring felt like it came and went in the blink of an eye. I’ve been wanting to blog about my most precious purchase. I mean precious because the meaning behind this item represents so much more than the visual aspect of it.

As most of you know, my birthday was in May and it became the BIG one because I turned 30. Prior to turning 30, I felt a bit down because I wasn’t ready to say “Goodbye” to the decade that made me experience so much (Good and Bad). The idea of becoming part of a different age bracket, and not by choice, really bothered me.

I took a day and decided to visit the mall. I was walking around not knowing exactly what I was doing, aside from just window shopping. I want into Gucci and decided to take a look at their handbags. While I was in there, I remembered the Gucci belt that I’ve been eyeing for a while and decided to try on a few different styles. I opted to go for the classic one and made the purchase because I thought “why not?” I never once thought I’d pay so much for a belt, but I know it’s one that I will use for a long time.

I walked around some more and then came across Dior. I was about to keep walking until I decided to take a glimpse and see if they had a pair of earrings that I’ve had on my list of “one day” items. I had never seen them in person, only in photos through fellow bloggers and YouTubers. Let alone did I even know the price, but I could only imagine the cost of such a staple item.

I had asked the gentleman that approached me and described to him the earrings that I was looking for. The moment he told me they did have them, my interest and curiosity peaked even more. I quickly pointed at the silver/gold pair that were on display. They looked really nice, but I had demonstrated my interest for the classic pair. The instant he pulled them out of the pouch…so many things popped in my mind:

  1. The earrings are much nicer in person;
  2. I bet these are super expensive;
  3. I wonder how they would look like on me;
  4. What am I even doing in here? It’s not like I’m going to purchase them;
  5. My birthday is around the corner;
  6. Oh God, I’ll be turning 30!

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I had asked him if I could try them on and he said I could. I was so fearful because I wasn’t sure if they twisted open or pulled apart. I did not want to break them and had asked him to pull them apart for me. Imagine walking into Dior and breaking one of their items! Surely they would make me pay for it.

As I looked in the mirror, I felt as I was looking at someone new. Someone I hadn’t seen before, but someone I was bound to meet, eventually. Someone I had wanted to meet for a long time and kept wondering if I ever would. I told him the earrings were lovely. He looked at me and asked, “what’s stopping you from getting these earrings?” I explained to him my birthday was approaching and my current feelings about it. How this birthday felt so different from ones before and wasn’t sure how to approach it.

What he said to me after has stayed with me since. He began, “These earrings are special and I’ll tell you why. Not just in the brand, but these earrings offer a whole new meaning than any other piece or collection in this store. The designer behind these earrings only had one concept: empowerment. When creating these earrings, the designer wanted every woman who would wear them to feel empowered and to feel they can achieve anything in life. Let me tell you something, my life has consisted of many doubts, of many paths and many different outcomes. I had things set in my mind of what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. But every now and then I was reminded that things can always change and your decisions can take you in a whole new journey. I clearly remember my 20’s and it was filled with uncertainty, confusion, and following what everyone else told me. The moment I hit my 30’s, it became a decade where I got to enjoy the fruits of my labor. A decade where I got to make my own decisions and lead my life. A decade where I got to tell people no and plan my own life the way I wanted it to be. I’m in my 40’s now where I just want to relax and I’m happy where I’m currently at in my life. This is the approach you should take. You should feel empowered whether you take these earrings or you don’t. But if you do take these earrings, they will be an item you will carry with you for the rest of your life. As the years go by, you will look at them and they will remind you of a certain moment in your life…the moment you turned 30 and began a new adventure. Things come and go, but a classic piece will stay for a long time and there is no comparison. This is how you should view your 30’s. A moment to take charge and enjoy from all the hard-work and sacrifices to get to where you are at now.”

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I honestly couldn’t find words to what he had just told me. It was probably the most genius thing that was ever said and I knew instantly that he wasn’t trying to sell me these earrings…he was being truthful and provided me so much encouragement that when I glanced towards the mirror again, I felt something lift within me. I felt, empowered.

I knew what he said to me was spot on. That I shouldn’t feel depressed because of a number. That I should celebrate I’m leaving a decade that held a mix of everything and was entering a new one where I could start new and make everything in my own terms. It was time to take charge. There was a moment as I looked at myself with the earrings and thought, “maybe next time.” Right then I stopped myself and thought, “Why? How will tomorrow or months ahead be any different? Tomorrow is never a guarantee. You’re here now. Screw it. You’re turning 30 and you’re getting these earrings.” So, I did.

I purchased them and thanked him for the words he said to me. I will always remember these words and carry them with me always…just like these earrings. They are a classic piece that I will have for all of my life. As the years go by, I will look at them and be reminded of the moment I turned 30 and became empowered. Empowered to take charge…empowered to be ME.

Thank you, Dior. Xoxo

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