Perception and reality play funny games with human beings. We’re predominantly visual creatures. The wrappers in which things come not only powerfully affect what interests us but also how we react to the contents we find inside. Some people assume that because we take pictures of ourselves and put them on Instagram for the world to see we must be supremely confident and assertive. Francesca’s boyfriend recently mentioned “You took so long to come out of your shell…I was so surprised because you take all of these pictures and are so comfortable with that, but in person you are a mystery.”
Many people who meet us in person put us in the wallflower box, thinking our shy mannerisms and soft spoken voices must mean we are unadventurous meek creatures. The beauty of human beings is that we all have complex layers that can be peeled, and those layers all come in a variety of different flavors. We certainly won’t be boxed in by other’s perceptions, and hope aren’t either. While we might have calm, sweet exteriors, make us feel comfortable or spark our inner flame and we can be the wildest adventurers you have ever seen!The experience of truly opening your deeper layers to another person reminded us of the painting Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli, depicting the Goddess Venus, having emerged from the sea as a full grown woman, a symbol of spiritual love.