This original photograph was inspired by the lyrics to India.Arie's song: "Break The Shell." I listened to this song for years before I heard her perform the song in front of Oprah. I would always ask India, in my imaginary conversations with her, how India? How do you break the shell? And I would listen for the answer in the following lyrics:
Child its time to break the shell
Life's gonna hurt but its meant to be felt
You cannot touch the sky from inside yourself
You cannot fly until you break the shell
The answer, I discovered later, had always been in those lyrics. You break the shell by climbing, crawling, walking, dancing, inching yourself to the other side of fear. Make no mistake. This is a process that must be repeated through life. You don't emerge once. You keep emerging through life. Wear this Tee as your reminder to keep moving forward and break through fear. Keep repeating.