On Monday night I went to a music concert of one of my favorite performers. It just so happens that the leader in the band is one of my closest friends.
The audience was filled with people I consider to be an “extended family”. Despite the fact that I care very much about these people, I have not seen many of them for at least the last six months, and most of them have not seen me for about 3 years.
Most of these people have never seen me “raw”, until last night.
I was nervous about going because I haven’t seen so many of these people for so long. I felt as if I am going to a reunion full of people I love, and yet, I wondered how would they react to my new self. Would they notice that I look different? Would they notice that I feel different? If I told them about raw food, would they freak out?
I put on my favorite sun dress, hopped in the car, put a big grin on my face and drove to the show.
When I arrived, I saw one of my friends that has been a part of my life for over 10 years. Despite the fact that she last saw me only a few months ago, she walked right past me. She didn’t even recognize me. When I called out to her, her eyes grew big and she knew immediately who I was. I guess both of us were surprised that she didn’t recognize me. Then we hugged and had a good laugh.
This happened more than once throughout the evening with a few other people.
I didn’t know what to expect from people once they saw me, but here is a sample of the comments I heard:
“Heidi! You look great!”
“Wow! Your skin looks so clear!”
“You look beautiful tonight.”
“What did you do to your hair? It’s so shiny!”
“You look serene and contented, Heidi.”
The most popular comment of the night?
“You look radiant.”
So many people told me that I look radiant, that it surprised me. It was by far the most popular comment of the evening.
Ever since I first started learning about raw food, I noticed most of the raw food authors out there mention something about “being radiant”. Although I thought you can feel great by eating raw food, I never quite believed all the hype about getting the radiance. It always seemed a bit wishy washy to me. Not quantifiable.
I now understand what it means to be radiant. There is no hype about being radiant. When you eat raw food, you become radiant. It’s the truth.
After I left the show, and felt the love from all my friends, I realized that I can look in the mirror every day, and not notice the little changes that add up into what everyone called “radiance”.
I take it for granted that I do look great, my skin is clear. I am content.
This is no acting. This isn’t a show. I live in bliss and joy, everyday. My life has changed. I feel radiant. I feel as if the sun is shining through me. I am glowing like a little particle of the sun, shining infinite orbs of light around everyone.