Sweatpants, t-shirts and flip-flops…do these clothing items make you smile or frown? Perhaps, if you are changing into them after a hard day’s work after being in casual business attire all day, then maybe they seem like the best thing ever. But, what if they were what you wore day after day? Let me add on top of that the fact that you don’t fix your hair or add a stitch of make-up to your face? Now what do you say? Do you believe that putting yourself together has a direct correlation to your mood?
This was pretty much the situation for me all throughout my college years. I was too wrapped up in my studies to really do anything to myself. I would see these girls around campus and they would look so put together. They made it look easy. The idea of fixing my hair, doing my make-up and wearing anything that didn’t have an elastic waistband seemed…well unheard of for me at that time. I thought, how do these girls do it? I was up till 3 a.m. finishing my paper! Well, maybe they weren’t procrastinators like me, but that’s not the point here.
I started to notice that guys weren’t really giving me a second glance, but I guess it never really seemed to bother me. But, when I look back on my college years, I’m surprised at the drastic change I went through. I went from the peppy girl with school spirit on the dance team in high school to the girl who just rolled out of bed to get to class in college. What happened to me back then? Did I get in a rut? Was I depressed because of the stage of life I was in or was I depressed because I wasn’t fixing myself up every now and then?
Now, dry your tears, it gets good. I started to do a little social experiment when I was in college. It wasn’t really intentional, I just felt like dressing up sometimes and noticed the effect that it had. If I dressed up, would people react differently to me? The answer. By golly, they did. They paid compliments and asked questions. Sometimes, I think they thought I was a completely different person. I mean it’s the same in daily life, you put a little effort into your looks and people take notice. It isn’t about being vain, it’s about taking care of yourself.
Personally, I know that if I’m having a good hair and make up day, that I have a little pep in my step and the world seems a little brighter. There may even be singing animals involved, I don’t know… it gets crazy. So, I know that if I don’t fix myself up, I just don’t feel as great as I know I could feel. Again, it isn’t about vanity or the whole judging a book by it’s cover thing, it’s just about doing the little things that make you feel like a part of life.
Tell me what you think? Do you think you feel like a more positive person when you have lip gloss on or does it really matter either way? Part 6, the grand finale, of the Only if you believe it series will be here soon. You may cry again…but not too much. Or,you will have to find a tiny bottle to float in to get through the door to Wonderland…