Yesterday, my friend Maria and I were shopping (at my favorite store, Manchester Thrift Store), and I decided to just chose colorful, bright clothes. I tried on one top and laughed out loud (in the dressing room all by myself). I had to show Maria….it looked so silly. She didn’t laugh. She said, “I think it looks great. How much is it?” I told her it was $2. Then she said that if I didn’t buy it, she was going to buy it for me. She went on to tell me, in the nicest possible way, that my wardrobe was sorely lacking in feminine charm!
Over the years, my dress has become more conservative; less colorful, more coverage. It happened gradually, so I was not that aware of it. I have noticed that when shopping, I would pick up and admire bright, colorful, flowing, beaded, sequined things but I never bought them. On the rare occasion that I would try them on, I always felt I looked wrong or foolish. I’ve been buying clothes with an eye to how others would observe me, not how I felt in them.
It is time for a change. It started on my trip last week with my friend Maud, who, like Maria encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone. I am grateful for friends who do this; who encourage us to live larger, take more chances, push the edges of what we think we should or can do.
“As long as habit and routine dictate the pattern of living, new dimensions of the soul will not emerge”.
Henry Van Dyke
The song below is dedicated to all of my friends who help me to grow (including all of you reading this right now….thank you!)
Oh, and for all of you contest fans, this is the last day of Maria’s wonderful, colorful, potholder contest which you can enter at,