What is a portrait?

"The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror
and each will smile at the other's welcome, 

and say, sit here. Eat. 
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart. 
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf, 

the photographs, the desperate notes, 
peel your own image from the mirror. 
Sit. Feast on your life. "

Derek Walcott

 

To me, this poem is the perfect embodiment of a portrait.  

A portrait is more then just a picture of yourself.  A portrait is meant to be taken when you feel your best and in turn you look your best. When you are confident and at peace with yourself you also allow your beautiful soul light to radiate. When no facade remains and you have peeled back the curtain then is when your truly radiant and unique beauty will shine. To possess an image that captures you with no facade is one of the greatest treasures you will own.  This is a portrait. 

Live today with no fear, no facade, no walls.  

Today sit, feast on your life.