And she got me thinking about the whole Red Hat thing.
You’ve probably read the poem by Jenny Joseph ~
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me….”
And I wondered,
why do we feel we need to wait until we’re old to do something “out of the norm”?
Why do we need permission to do things that make us feel beautiful, special, unique?
Like wear a maroon shirt when the rest of the office wears white?
Eat off the ‘good’ china when there’s no company coming?
Or wear a ball gown to go grocery shopping with your equally bedecked little girl?
(I did this once ~ it was Fun!!)
I’ve noticed that it’s the very young and the very old that seem to be able to shed this claustophobic mantle of ‘normalcy’.
Once we hit our 30s, we all become bland, ordinary, afraid of standing out.
Except when we get “permission” ~ like at Halloween or New Year.
Isn’t that sad?
Why do we stifle the very spark that makes us Special?
Why mask the outside reflection of your Uniqueness?
Today, I double dare you to do something Out of the Ordinary that fills you with Bliss and makes your Being tremble with the lusciousness of authentic living.
I think we’d be a lot less worried about what people think of us,
if we realized how seldom they actually do!