Thou canst not then be false to any man.
-- William Shakespeare
Actually, I am not particularly a big fan of Shakespeare. I think his dramas are tedious and ridiculously inflated examples of the human condition that I can find on a regular basis at home or on the public bus. And, Hamlet, while the surviving characters are definitely ironic, I find this piece particularly overly obnoxious. I do enjoy his comedies and prefer to believe he wrote his poetry for his homosexual lover.
However, in these words I find he expresses, in elegantly simple terms, the need for a person to be themselves. When the entire world has their own expectations, beliefs, and stereotypes, this task seems all the less simple. One must have courage, strength, will, and an unfettering belief in their person that they can display for themselves but for reasons of their own.
I was pleasantly surprised to find my Turquoise bracelet featured in Tracey's Treasury based on some of her favorite pieces by Etsy artists. Please click on the image below until Friday, October 19th to view!