Illustration Friday‘s prompt for creating this week is vanity. It got me to pondering whether confidence is sometimes mistaken for vanity.
Of course, I know the definition of vanity, but there have been times when I’ve mistaken someone for being vain, and after getting to know them, I realized that they had a confidence of self, that was enviable. Which brings me to my next pondering…do we see vanity because we envy the confidence of an individual?
The lesson learned for me, is not to judge, since it is only when I get to know the person, do I begin to see the true self, and there have been times, when I would have missed out on knowing a wonderfully confident and loving individual.
(Image: “Da Bronx” – 9″x12″ Mixed Media/Paper)
I captured this beauty sitting on a stoop in the Bronx. My first thought was “what a vain young woman.” She exuded confidence, beauty, which many took as being vain. I glad I got to know her, she had a mighty story, where vanity had no play in it.
How do you know when you’re dealing with vanity or confidence?
How do you know the difference? Have you ever mistaken one for the other?
Does culture play a role in your viewpoint of vanity of another?
Have you ever dismiss a vain individual without getting to know them?
Love to hear what you think!
Peace to you and yours.