I’m not sure how to start a blog – this being my first real post and all – so I’ll just start…with a bit of color. Red, to be exact.
I’m a pretty down-to-earth, low-key gal most of the time. I prefer hanging out with friends and family rather than being “on the scene” (wherever that may be). My style is more Baurer than Bergdorf, and my favorite color is blue. So you can imagine my surprise when I realized the other day that my life is full of loud, brilliant bursts of red.
It started a few years ago with accent pillows, to add some zing to my otherwise earthy living room. Then, there was the red wool coat I bought in defiance of long, gray winters and years of wearing blah black. Last summer, I painted a large wall in my living room and kitchen the color of rubies. Even when I selected the “Original Red” color template for this blog, I didn’t connect the dots. But a few days ago, as I stood next to my new Toyota Prius – in Barcelona Red – I finally understood.
A lot has been written about the meaning of color. As you would guess, red is associated with passion, power, love, and vitality, but also anger, danger and violence. I’ve wondered why red / why now for me – an accelerated midlife crisis? Desperate cry for attention? Watching one too many HGTV decorating shows?
Actually, I stumbled upon two explanations that hit home for me. In traditional Chinese culture, red symbolizes good fortune and joy. Brides wear red dresses and it is tradition to paint a home’s front door red. Similarly, spiritual healers suggest using red stones or adding splashes of red color to your wardrobe and life to gain the energy and confidence to go after your dreams.
As I stood with my parents next to my new car last weekend, I realized that I’m in a good place these days, and I’m ready to keep pursuing my dreams. My father joked that he couldn’t believe my transformation from a mom in her subdued Outback station wagon to one in a snappy-red, environmentally-green car. I assured him it was in me the whole time.
It just needed some coaxing to come out and play.