A funny thing happened one day – I fell in love with a pink tutu.

Actually, I really fell in love with a couple, their story and the healing effects of a pink tutu. In these challenging times we need the healing spirit of generosity. This story touched me because of its generosity in spite of big difficulties.

I hope it touches you too and at least helps you smile.

Who Knew, Pink Tutu?

In 2003 Bob Carey put on a pink tutu and took pictures. His images became a blessing to him and to others. Why? Because his wife had been diagnosed with breast cancer and he was seeking to support her healing.

Cancer is tough as is any serious illness. His wife, Linda, was diagnosed with cancer in the early 2000s and recovered only to be rediagnosed in 2006. Obviously, her journey is a difficult one. Bob donned the tutus to cheer her up and help her heal. She would share her tutu photos with other cancer patients and they would all have a lightening laugh. Lightness can be very difficult to achieve when you have a serious illness but is also very healing. It brings fresh energy into the body which can release stuckness and stagnant energy. That release can facilitate healing.

Bob and Linda and their story are beautifully documented in this video. The images are a hoot!

Bob’s work has been published and is the foundation for the Carey Foundation and the Pink Tutu Project for Cancer awareness. The project has grown and more men are wearing pink tutus! You can visit their website here.

About Maria Hill

Maria Hill is the founder of Sensitive Evolution. She is the author of The Emerging Sensitive: A Guide For Finding Your Place In The World. In addition, she has created the immersive Emerging Sensitive Program of "sensory processing yoga" using frameworks to help sensitive people master their sensitivity and turn it into the asset it can be. She also offers the Emerging Sensitive Movie Club focused on movies and discussions about living in the world as a sensitive person and navigating the challenging cultural shifts of our times. She is a longtime meditator, reiki master, student of alternative health and Ayurveda. Maria is also an abstract painter whose portfolio can be found at Infinite Shape and also very interested in animal and human rights and the environment.

2 Comments

  1. DianaW on February 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    What a great twist on the pink princess phenomenon. Just right for those who don’t celebrate V-day in traditional ways.
    In Finland, I’m told that it’s known as Friendship Day – which is another cheeringly inclusive idea.
    Happy Friendship Day, +Maria Hill.



    • Maria on February 14, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Hi Diana,

      Thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I had not heard of Friendship Day but love the idea. I dislike anything that creates exclusion. Thank you for your good wishes and I hope you are having a great Friendship Day as well.

      All the best,
      Maria