Audrey Hepburn in Hats.” The title of one of my most prized coffee table books. Although I've owned this book since I️ first moved to New York in July of 2015, I’ve never taken the time to flip through it. After returning to the city following the Christmas holiday (post-GMAT and with some of my “free time” back, thank the Lord), I️ finally took the time to turn the pages.
Now, I’ve seen the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. In fact, I️ own it on DVD. I’ve also had the pleasure of visiting The Blue Box Café, the recently-curated real-life Breakfast at a Tiffany’s experience at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on 5th Ave. in Manhattan. Despite both of these facts, I️ was just as floored as I️ could’ve been at the quiet class Audrey Hepburn exuded in all of her professional roles and in all of the photos in that book.
In many ways, I️ aspire to exude that kind of calm, coiffed confidence. Audrey and I️ already share a few features: a thin frame, an elongated neck, a slightly bemused smirk. What we don’t share is a thorough hat collection, composed of every style from pillbox to wide-brimmed and beyond. But one thing I️ love about Audrey’s ability to adorn her hats like no one else before her or after her ever could is the fact that hats will not sit properly on a head that isn’t held high.
“...hats will not sit properly on a head that isn’t held high."
Today, I️ turn 25 years old. Still so young, still so impressionable, but in many ways, so much more sure of who I️ want to be. I️ want to be a curation of admirable characteristics, not a carbon copy of Audrey Hepburn or anyone else. I️ want to be someone who is known for loving others well. I️ want to be someone who is stronger than I️ have been in the past. And for my 25th birthday celebration, I️ wanted to be someone who could don a hat, with my head held high and my heels perched higher, just like Audrey.
So, I️ had breakfast (it was lunch, but, you know) at Tiffany’s. I️ spent my day, and the majority of my weekend, surrounded by loved ones. And, I️ wore a hat: an off-white beret with black leather trim. As I️ enter my mid-20s, I️’m trying to look forward to the possibility of my life. It's the "possibility of the thing," as Darius Lovehall would say. Sometimes, possibility is enough to keep you going. To keep the future in sight and the blessings in mind.
“Sometimes, possibility is enough to keep you going. To keep the future in sight and the blessings in mind."