So the other day, I went shopping. Pretty exciting for me, as it's something I do about once a year. Perhaps you don't understand why this is empowering, or even a big deal. I wanted to take the time to write down why I appreciate the opportunity I had that day.
Shopping is an act that demonstrates my material wealth
The fact that I got to drive to the mall, walk around for hours, and spend hundreds of dollars on things that I got to be choosy and particular about demonstrates that I am so privileged and I wanted to take 30 seconds to acknowledge that. Lots of people don't have such an opportunity.
Shopping is an act that I have received criticism for
I have dated some awful people, and one of them frequently accused me of having too many material possessions. While I do value living within ones means and sharing our wealth with the world, the extreme I was encouraged to embrace was this example: wearing one shirt every day despite there being holes in it so big the entire elbow is gone.
Not only does the idea of wearing the same thing every day make me feel gross and unclean, it also looks super unprofessional. Acting is, at many instances, a superficial profession where my looks matter more than anything else. I have to present myself in a variety of ways and I can't exactly do that with one ratty, smelly shirt.
Shopping was an act to defy the concept that I am a "princess" with too much stuff in my life.
Shopping allows me to find what I like about my body
This goes the opposite way too, sometimes. Since I've been healthier, I've lost some inches in some places and I've needed clothes that fit me better and better reflect the body that I enjoy living in! I got to find clothes that make me say "yes! I look great in this!"
Sometimes the opposite happens and I leave the mall empty handed and feeling awful about my body. But it was not this day!
I am now excited to go out wearing the clothes I own and I have more self confidence
Having clothes that more accurately reflect my personality and sensibilities makes it much easier for me to relate to the world the way that I want to! That might not be true for everyone, but it is for me!
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