WELCOME TO THE
STUNN COLLECTIVE DIARY
“A diary is meant to be somewhat raw and is often a reflection of one’s deepest truths; a recount of events or experiences…”
When we first started to think about how we would approach our personal pieces for the STUNN Diary, we decided that we wouldn’t try to be anything we aren’t, and we would try to be completely transparent with everything we are….
Growing older is a beautiful thing. Each year is another one full of memories and unforgettable experiences. As you grow older you gain more wisdom and confidence. With age, you have the opportunity to truly find yourself and become more comfortable and content with who you are. But there is a tipping point, isn’t there?
What does courage mean? When we think of someone courageous, a mythical character who overcame an extreme hardship often comes to mind. Someone who single handedly marched into the unknown with little chance of survival, and managed to hold it all together and come out the other side. There is no doubt that David, in the biblical story of David vs. Goliath, Nelson Mandela in his fight against apartheid, and Amelia Earhart who was the first female to complete a solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, are some pretty amazing examples of courage.
Since the 5th century BC there have been stories of people hunting for the fountain of youth. Perhaps not all of these stories have been strictly based around the pursuit of beautiful, youthful skin, but if there is something almost everyone – regardless of age or gender – can relate to, it’s the desire for great skin.
Collagen has become a major buzz word over the past couple of years. It seems that everywhere you look, there is another collagen product. From supplements, to powders, to food, to cocktails even – you can find some form of collagen included. Which is great if you’re looking for something that lubricates your joints and helps improve your skin’s hydration, but if you’re looking for more of your own natural collagen, you might want to look elsewhere.
Confucius once said that everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. In that case it could easily be argued that everyone has beauty too. The definition of what is beautiful has been shaped and – dare we say – warped over centuries. Every culture has its own standard of what the epitome of beauty looks like, and beyond that, each person has their own ideals based on historical, cultural, and societal influence. By the time we’re teenagers we know what beautiful ‘should be’, and we struggle to find ourselves within that definition.
‘Those who have a “why” to live, can bear with almost any “how”.’, wrote Viktor Frankl in his book “Man’s search for meaning”. Viktor Frankl, a renowned psychologist and holocaust survivor, certainly had a unique perspective on “meaning”. In fact, the experience of being a prisoner in Auschwitz led him to discover that the desire to find a meaning in life is essential to the human experience, even more than the desire for pleasure or power. To say finding purpose is important may just be an understatement.