“To be nobody but
yourself in a world
which is doing its best day and night to make you like
everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight and never stop fighting.”
– E.E. Cummings
This was a status update by a friend this morning. It hit me in the core, right in the gut. In the feels. I believe this for all of us. We need to stop trying to be everything to everyone. I am no exception – I have been true to myself for years and sometimes it’s caused me a bit of strife, to say the least. And at times it’s been a battle. This fight is worth it though. Because there is only one me. Let me introduce myself:
I, Gillian, am an Esthetician who will use wonderful, organic products on your skin, and will not promise you that your lines or scars will disappear after the series of six treatments. I will not try to even sell you six packs of treatments. Or products for that matter. (Anyone telling you to switch products or buy their lines with pushy sales tactics or shaming…well they just took your money and ADDED to your stress level.) I won’t do that. It’s here for you, if you wish to look at it, buy it – lovely. If not, I’d rather see you back here when you need to relax again. That is more important to me. I will massage the knots out. Eleven years of massage experience have taught me a thing or two – and I pride myself on my ability to relax you. I am in the relationship business after all, I’m here to look after you.
I will not compete on price. This setting, with these products, with my undivided attention to you – are worth every penny. It’s your time and your dime…you decide if you want to spend it here. When you do make that choice I go out of my way to welcome you – to nourish your mind + your tired feet. You will be offered tea. Or coffee. Or spring water. I will take great care of you in other words. In this private setting. You and I. We all need to take a break every now and then, and maybe the strip-mall salon just doesn’t cut it for you.
If The Spa On King calls to you, then I am your girl. No random people walking by looking at your feet. No chemical smells, only natural aromatherapy scents in the air here. Book your appointment if you wish to meet up for some stress busting, quiet YOU time. For those times when you feel the pressures that people put on you to be someone you are not, come see me. I’ll remind you of who you are.