I decided it was time to write a blog about swag.
But first let’s define swag… There are many definitions of swag, but as a slang word commonly used in the Australian language in our current society, swag is defined as something or someone that is stylish or styling. But does this mean that swag is just about fitting in, being cool or being sophisticated?
Is that it? Is it about where we buy our clothes from or what brand we get? Is it about the colour we choose or a style? Or is swag something deeper than this? Is it all of that and more?
So many I know have ‘swag’. Here are a few of many examples…
For starters, Michael Benhayon has swag – this emanates from the way he dresses, to the care he takes with dressing, the shoes he chooses to wear, to the way he walks, to the way he looks you in the eye and how he holds you with such warmth and joy. Even his eyes hold ‘swag’. If you have not already met him, wait till you do and you will know what swag means. He might wear green trainers that light up as he walks; he plays his musical instruments with his hands sliding on the guitar strings or on the piano with such grace and swag that it leaves you feeling your own beauty and joy. Swag could be his middle name.
Another man I know has swag too – Raymond Karam. Raymond’s swag also comes through his choice of clothing, as well as famous haircuts (alternating between the short crew to the curly 60’s style etc), but Ray’s swag also comes exhibited in choice of cars he drives. From vintage black Valiant with red leather seats, to more modern cars with powerful engines, his car swag is endless, as is his appreciation for cars. His eyes also hold swag, which comes from the warmth and the sparkle of someone who loves life and loves people and loves community.
And then there is another man who also has swag, and I swear I am not biased about this one (!) – Marshall Chang, my husband. Marshall’s swag is also revealed from the way he dresses, his choice of clothes and style, from the way he walks to the way he sits with you and looks you in the eye, the understanding he brings and his ability to connect with who you are, and see well beyond the imperfections. As a teacher, his students can feel his swag. The students often ask if they can walk with him, or next to him, and then they copy his walk. They ask him where he shops for his clothes, and ask him where he gets his shoes. They even call him “Lord of Swag.” Recently they gave him a mug with “Lord of Swag” written on it!
So now that we know what swag means, and had some examples… could it be that swag comes from allowing ourselves to express in full who we truly are, with spunk, and whilst having fun?
And… could it be that swag is not just limited to a few people or ‘swag role models’? Essentially we all have swag – it is just about allowing it out and having fun with it, not being afraid to let the world see you All of you.
By Henrietta Chang