Stained Shirts and Smudged Makeup

Have you ever thought to yourself, ” I look great in this suit or dress.”? Have you ever felt that when you dress up that you are more confident and successful? It is a proven fact that when you put more time into yourself, you will feel better about yourself. When we work on getting our makeup perfect when that tie is tied just right and your hair is held in place exactly where you want it, and when you look in the mirror and see something so perfectly put together you just can’t help but to smile. Our confidence goes up and sometimes our ego as well. We are ready to take on the day…or night. What happens though when we spill that red wine on our white undershirt or smear the makeup on our face? What happens to our confidence? One little mishap and we feel far from confident. We feel embarrassed, shamed and we start to hide from others as we retreat to the bathroom or another private place in order to try and salvage what we have left. Makeup can be fixed, and a stain can be lifted, as long as you are prepared for it. Now as this applies to the literal sense of what I am saying I am trying to convey a deeper meaning in what I write.

You see in life we are preparing ourselves to be the best we can be, we get excited, a little bit nervous, and when we feel like we are done preparing ourselves we feel relief, joy, and excitement. Take a college grad for example, no, in fact, let’s start with a high school grad. During the 4 years of high school, you are preparing yourself for the adult world that exists beyond the classroom doors. You have projects and homework and studies. Those who put a good effort into those things graduate near the top of their class, and these are the people to look up to. Nevertheless, everyone who has graduated has at least put in the bare minimum to graduate. So you did it, you graduated. You are ready for the world. Everything is awesome and new and you feel like you accomplished something great! You can go about your life with your head held high but then your makeup smears. You have to find a job if you don’t already have one, or you start college. I’m not going to go into the other option of doing neither because I’m not discussing dependant people today. You get hit with the hard decisions of being an adult, and actually, some choices like college or job are given to you before you graduate.

If you are not prepared to make these choices it can have an everlasting impact on your life. Situations can arise that will put off any plans you have made. College-bound people can struggle to find financial aid, or they have to put in extra time in the junior college before they attend university. Other that choose to work may be going into a tough job market and can’t find work for the better part of the year. Whatever it is the stain on your shirt has to be dealt with. Some will throw the shirt way, and some will treat the stain, some will get the stain out, and some will set the stain in never to be removed. To throw the shirt away is to abandon your original plan and to go a different direction, to treat the stain is to try and amend your situation to make it better, if the amendment works the stain is lifted and you continue with your plan, if the stain is set then you have another choice, continue with the stain or change shirts.

To continue with a stain is to learning to live with something that cannot be changed and accepting it as is. Changing your shirt is accepting the fact that some things will not change and that you have to change your plans to pursue something different. I give the example of high school grads but it applies to everyone, kids, high school grads, college grads, working adults with a degree and without.  We can’t go through life stain free, it just won’t happen, so we need to prepare, not just initially for the night but for the chance that we smudge our makeup, or stain our shirt because we never know what life will throw at us. What defines us as a person is what we do in the face of adversity.

via Daily Prompt: Natty
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Grey

What is grey when it isn’t a color?

Is it a feeling?

Or how about a space in the middle?

Does it define the undefinable?

and put into place the things that have no place?

Maybe it is a mood?

Or a taste?

It is not appetizing to see on your food.

and can make people walk on eggshells.

A grey life sounds quite grey.

and my hair is starting to turn,

Gray

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Unravel

Do you ever make plans just to see them Unravel? You get everything in order and all of the sudden you find yourself picking up pieces from the floor. It seems like nothing you do works out how you want it. Let me tell you something though. What Ever it is, it will only be temporary. Want to know something else? It happens to everyone at some point. The cause? It is called being human. we tend to put a lot of expectation on ourselves and the expectation is much higher than perfection. We were not made to be perfect in any way because that is what makes us unique. We have different experiences that shape us and our character that gives us our individuality which makes each one of us one of a kind.

The beauty of life isn’t that things run like clockwork. It isn’t a flawless existence either. There is beauty in being unique. There is beauty in something that has been unraveled. When you unravel something it can have two meanings. I have already mentioned the first. It means to undo. The second means to take apart to discover, or something that has come undone to reveal a plan or plot. Both are closely related and both can have a positive or negative light. I believe that beauty lies in nakedness. Not just physical nakedness but emotional as well. Being naked in both senses shows you trust the company you are in because you are at your most vulnerable, yet I believe it can be your most powerful moment. You see being naked requires much more than to be naked, it takes courage, trust, and strength. You have the courage to get naked, you trust that no harm will come to you, and you have the strength to keep going in your nakedness.

How does nakedness relate to being unraveled? If you have to take apart something for discovery’s sake, then wouldn’t you get naked to find out who you are?

via Daily Prompt: Unravel

Happiness

Happiness. Is it something that is reflected off the surface, or does it shine from the inside? Is it something given, or is it earned? Can you achieve it or does happiness find you? Let me tell you that it can be one of these things or all of them. Happiness isn’t confined to one obtainable source, and not everyone is lucky enough to stumble upon it, but there is something that everyone can do to provide it to someone else.

Happiness can be generated by ourselves by what we achieve, and the gifts we give. It can come as a realization of contentment or in pursuit of your dreams. It can come from a spouse, a friend, a child, or even an enemy. It can come from a game, a job, a place, a car or any other object, but it isn’t where it comes from that matters. What matters is where it goes.

Lives are changed by happiness. When we are happy we feel like we are on top of the world, that nothing can bring us down, that we are Champions. We are on a euphoric high that can be very contagious. Happiness is something that we all should strive to share, to create. We do have to be careful though because happiness can consume, and cripple. If we let someone else’s happiness get in the way of our own, we start to lose our own happiness. We have to know when enough is enough and when to focus on ourselves. Happiness requires balance.

via Daily Prompt: Champion

Cusp

The Cusp is transitional in nature.

It rides the fence between two opinions.

It is the point right before a decision is made to change direction.

It is the top of the roller coaster before the first drop.

It can be the height of excitement,

and the source of anxiety.

Being on it can leave you in suspense,

and for some it means resolution to a past.

Some break through it,

Some fall short.

All have been at some point

on the cusp.

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