There is bliss in eyes being opened
Thursday night was one of those nights that absolutely radiated bliss.
It was the “Open Your Eyes” event that I spoke about in my previous blog.
When I woke up on Thursday I seriously felt absolutely horrible. My cat allergies had turned into an awful sinus infection, making it really hard to get out of bed, much less be excited for an event that was going to mean so much to me.
But thankfully the doctor got me in and got me some shots in my system. Now if you know me at all, you know I can’t stand needles. But on Thursday, these shots actually brought me bliss!
Eventually the time rolled around for the event to begin, and let me tell you, I was anxious. I was excited and nervous, I was joyful and passionate, I was ready.
When people started to walk in the room is probably when it all hit me..that it was real. I’m not sure what feeling was cooler: watching my parents walk in the door to support me, having my boyfriend by my side helping me with any detail needed, seeing random people flood into our event, or looking at all of the faces of people I am friends with there.
So many people came to support me, and that is iridescent bliss.
Thursday night I watched all of our hard work, dedication, and passion come to life. I watched an event that 6 of us developed from the thin air one day become reality.
There is bliss in the fact that it brought me joy. Because that means I will never work a day in my life. I will love what I do so much that it won’t feel like work. That is bliss.
There is bliss in the fact that I will be working with UA Body Appreciation week the rest of college, and that people actually want me to continue to help.
There is bliss in the fact that eyes were opened…even if they were my own. My eyes were opened to beautiful things, like the spark that was re-ignited in my passion for promoting positive body image. Or to the understanding of God’s hand in all of this.
But I seriously believe that lives were changed that night, and there is bliss in this. I can’t state as a fact that lives WERE changed, but I could feel it in the room, you know?
I sat there and watched girls intently listen to woman speaking about such a heavy weight topic. I felt the lightness in the air though, that positive vibe we really wanted to pull off. But even in those moments of complete vulnerability by the panel and through one amazing video, I watched faces change..as if hearts and eyes were being opened wide.
This blog won’t even do the event justice. There is no way to bring to life in words what was brought to life on Thursday night.
But all of the glory goes to God.
It couldn’t have been a chance circumstance that the other classes I wanted for this semester were full so I just happened to randomly choose this class.
It couldn’t have been just luck that I was picked to have the event for UA’s Body Appreciation Week.
It couldn’t have been random selection that put the six of us girls together.
It definitely couldn’t have been anything but God who got us every single panel member, because they were all individually and collectively perfect.
It couldn’t have been anything other than the Holy Spirit that brought specific people to the event and gotten one girl to share her personal story on Facebook and at the event.
To be honest, I could go on forever about how perfect the event was in my eyes, but the truth is..
All that needs to be said is that
It was bliss, and eyes were opened.
You.are.beautiful and loved.