Wearing a DIY sweater by my mom, Guess dress, Silks tights, Michael Kors watch, gifted rings, Yves Rocher nail polish, gifted necklace.
This viking boat necklace was a sixteenth birthday gift from one of my grandmothers. It's probably my most worn piece of jewelry besides all the rings I wear. When I originally received the pendant (the other pendant was bought at Sacre Coeur when I was in Paris this summer), I was told it was to help with academics. Yet, over the past 4 years that I've had it, it's grown to represent so much more. My grandmother said it would bring smooth sailing over my academic career, yet realistically, when I think about it, nobody can sail smoothly forever. When you're floating on open water, you'll be mauled by storms, tested by thrashing waves, and haunted by noises from creatures and nature in general. Of course, with the bad there comes the heart-warming sunset where you watch a beautiful ball of light sink into the depths of dark water or the peaceful calm experienced by sitting on the top deck eating lunch and listening to a bewitching melody being played on a guitar by an attractive man. This necklace no longer symbolizes academics, it symbolizes life. There is never going to be smooth sailing, but when I wear this necklace I'm reminded that the storm doesn't last forever. Even if the good is temporary, so is the bad, but it's how we handle these moments of turbulence that really demonstrate who we are. This next year is going to be one long voyage for me, and I hope through everything, this little necklace will help keep me on track, reminding me each day that there is possibility for beauty and peaceful sailing (even if it's just for the day).