Live Bold

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 6

As I was traveling last week, sitting at the airport and ending a phone call with a friend, I looked up to see a life-sized blur of pink walk by. I did a double-take to fully realize what I had seen. There, in the middle of the airport on a busy Thursday, stood a grown man wearing a pink body-suit, pink bike shorts, pink VANS, and a pink feathered boa around his neck. It being October, I had a sneaking suspicion that his attire was all about Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I felt so inspired by his strength in wearing full-blown pink, TO TRAVEL, that I had to go say hello. And ask him if I could take his photo.

This is Andrew. His mother is a breast cancer survivor of 8 years. He shared with me that for the past few years, he’s been dressing up in pink as many days in October as he can to show his support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Andrew said this year marks his first as having enough in his wardrobe to wear pink EVERY DAY in October. We chatted a bit about his mom, my own cancer story, and the importance of prevention and early detection. I told Andrew that I admired his courage and passion to so publicly embrace his own awareness campaign of wearing pink every day for 31 days. I asked if I could take his portrait and he graciously obliged. And then, we were off on our separate paths.

PX680_CP_AndrewHowever, Andrew and his story stuck with me throughout the day. His groundedness in who he is and what he believes in was, IS, striking. I truly admire how comfortable Andrew is in his body, his identity, his beliefs, to go against the grain and the norms of masculinity to wear bright pink everywhere he goes for a month. He sincerely inspired me and I know he inspires most everyone he encounters. Meeting Andrew reminded me that life is short. He reminded me that THIS, right now, THIS is IT. He reminded me to take my life by the horns and ride it for all it’s worth. He reminded me to embrace every moment. To live bold.

6 Responses

  1. Maureen says:

    yes. and yes. thank you for sharing his story

  2. Rosie Grey says:

    Wow, this is so inspiring! Thanks so much for sharing! And also for having the courage to get into contact with Andrew in the first place – this teaches me to also be bolder in that aera (getting into contact with strangers)!

  3. Sophia says:

    Would you believe me if I told you that recently in general and just yesterday specifically I was thinking exactly “This is IT”?! Life is hard and so often unfair and inexplicable but it is what it is, and we’re here and we may as well make it the best it can be as much of the time as possible.

  4. tiffany hogan says:

    Wow M!! Thanks for sharing. I’m also so inspired by you asking him if you could take his picture and hear his story. You are fearless and THAT’S inspiring!

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