So often we get caught up in worrying about our appearance. I often wonder if I dress professional enough for my job. When going out with friends and family I wonder if I am dressed age appropriately or too nerdy (another Wonder Woman shirt, really?) I recently had my hair cut in a dramatically different style and many have people have commented on it; I’ve been curious if they are commenting because it is new and they are trying to be nice, or because they really do like it. I feel critical of my weight because of the pressure our society puts on new moms these days to lose baby weight and get in shape quickly.
Today at work I was taking the lobby stairs (gotta lose that baby weight) and happened to look over the side down at the waiting area. Sitting below was an old lady wearing a very bright rainbow colored fedora.
My first thought was, “Wow, look at that hat. Who would wear something like that?” Then I wondered why I was being so judgmental. I continued to ponder the hat and my reaction to it on the way back to my office. How much bravery, self-confidence, or disregard for other people’s opinions does it take to walk around like that? A ton.
After a while, I decided that I want to be the lady in the rainbow hat.