I came across this picture today and I instantly fell in love with it. The first thing that struck me was the splendor of the roaring beast and the second, its Mane.
The lion. A magnificent creature, graceful in its sway and yet extremely fierce when provoked. The mane of the adult male lion, is one of the most distinctive characteristics of this huge feline. It makes the lion appear larger, providing an excellent intimidation display; this aids the lion during confrontations with other lions and with its chief competitors.
Useful thing, the mane.
A girlfriend saw it displayed on a social network as my profile photo, and her first reaction towards it was “Eeewww”.
I know you don’t quite understand where I’m going with this just yet, but kindly indulge me for a few… My intention while editing this picture was to leave the lion without a mane, a shoddy job I know, gladly, my message is not in the aesthetics. Now to the point of today’s post.
We see in the first picture a lion, regal, intimidating, dangerous and yes, even beautiful. Using the second image, try imagining that roaring lion without its mane. Some may even have the same reaction as my girlfriend, but take a closer look. Does it make the lion less a “king of beasts” or its canines any less formidable? No.
If there is such a defect in male lions, then its my guess that a bald lion would be shunned and even bullied within its pride. Yet, with or without its mane it would still be revered within the animal kingdom because by its nature, it demands that respect. This is the same way we should see ourselves.
I too have experienced what its like to be different; to feel like half a babe or not one at all, to hear such remarks as “Eeewww” or even worse. I wrestled with this difference for a while…. but perhaps if I had come across the analogy drawn from these pictures at the time, I just might have sooner developed a more positive way of viewing my situation.
Like the Lion, you are not defined by the hair on your head. It may enhance your appearance, but take it off or grow it back tomorrow and you will still bear the same name, your blood group will not have changed; neither will your sex. Mane or bald, you are who and what you make of yourself. You can see yourself as strong or weak, bold or timid, beautiful or ugly, its your choice. What is most important is that just as the lion, you are as creation intended, absolutely MAGNIFICENT! So embrace it!
Look at it this way: