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LIFE LESSONS FROM THE RENAISSANCE FAIRE

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1. Life is better when you’re not focused on insecurities
There is an activity every half hour. There’s zero time to be insecure while walking around in 90 degree heat. It’s hot, so the less clothes the better. And the less you care, the more fun you’re going to have.

2. Be proud of your choices—big or small
Every single job is important-nothing is too big or too small. If the well-washing wenches don’t wash clothes and if the Queen doesn’t defend her crown by joining in the battle, the kingdom wouldn’t run properly.

3. Refrain from checking Facebook every few seconds
We can learn a lot from people that lived with less and entertained themselves without computers or phones. There is so much more to experience.

4. Honor your size and the sizes around you
We should all strive to live in a world where there are signs that say: “Corsets from size 0-5XXX.”

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5. There is no such thing as ‘a women’s work’ or ‘a man’s job’
Women fight men on human chess boards, men wear dresses and read fortunes, and labeled-sexuality/gender is tossed aside.

6. All your skills are worth showing off
Remember how you thought playing the trumpet was so uncool when your parents made you take lessons? It’s so cool. Along with your crazy ability to juggle, do cart-wheels, sew, and anything else you thought wasn’t worth your time as a kid. Now, it makes you unique.

7. Enjoy your food
If you had to hunt for your food, you would enjoy it as well. Stop being ashamed to eat in public, and enjoy what’s in front of you.

8. Throw shade the proper way
If someone is bothering you at the bar, pull out your lacy fan and be like :::SWISH:::

9. Take up more DIY projects
All the of the merchandise sold in the faire were from independent sellers and crafters. All the soaps, all the jewelry, all the clothes. And these people were so excited to talk about them in details. It’s about being proud of your work, and finding a creative outlet.

10. Be Respectful
All of the actors would stop and bow to the Queen as she walked around the grounds. I’m not saying to take shit and never speak up for yourself. But a lot can come from just being nice, respecting those above you, giving compassion to those that need it, and saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when possible.

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IMAGES: Laura Delarato

Laura Delarato is a web producer, writer, social media consultant, and video creator in NYC. She has spent a lot of the past 10-years of her life in internships, college, part-time jobs, graduate school, and in front of a computer typing away her next brilliant idea. Her work has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, Kong Magazine, London Glossy Magazine…and at one time CosmoGirl! Magazine. Laura spends a lot of her time typing code for the web department of Details Magazine, performing improv at The Magnet Theater, and taking any burlesque class she can find. She was nominated for Best Series at The New School’s media department awards for her show: Fat Girl, A Web Series, which was also featured on the site LESGO-NYC as a new show to watch out for. When she is not fixing the internet, Laura likes to be a total badass by participating in body-positive/fat-acceptance activism, crafting pasties, discussing the beauty of pornography, and wearing all the short skirts. @lauradelarato

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