We live in a visual world. Everything needs to look good and be appealing. Unrealistic expectations are put on people to look and act a certain way. Materialistic things matter more to some people than the priceless things we have in life. Life is too short to collect material items when memories and time spent with people mean more, or they should.
Looking in a mirror can serve us a useful purpose, you know, so we do not go out of the house looking like we got dressed in the dark. But, on the flipside to that, it can also be our worst enemy. The reflection can give us false information and bring a dose of self-doubt to our minds.
Keeping up with whoever the Joneses are has created an upheaval in society and encouraged competition between us to be something we are not. Sure, we all like to have nice things, but there has to be limit to that. I love a good clothing sale as good as the next person and have no shame in only spending a fraction compared to what it could have been at full retail price.
I have to reflect on my own tendencies here too. Now that I am not on a strict schedule and my responsibilities do not require business attire, days go by without wearing makeup or doing much with my hair. If I am really honest, there are days where I shower, bypass picking out an outfit, and just swap out for clean pajamas. I am myself regardless of how my appearance is, but I think some people use makeup and designer clothes to transform themselves to fit the mold.
There is nothing wrong getting all gussied up. It just needs to be for the right reasons. Are we doing it because we do not like what we see in the mirror, and the world will not accept us without it? Or are we doing this for ourselves and because it is what we want to do over needing to do it to feel comfortable in our own skin? We should only do those vanity things for the latter. If we are told we have to do something to make our appearance better, whoever is saying that is not worth our time. No one needs that negativity in their life.
When we look in the mirror, we should see nothing else than our genuine self. The reflection should radiate who we are and not what the world thinks we should be. The world is not our mirror.
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