The mystery of the mirror has baffled me all my life. How about you? I remember looking into it when I was a kid just to make sure I was clean and ready to go play. As I grew into a teenager I spent more time in front of the mirror to make sure I looked…well, my best …because that would affect how I felt. Do you get me? For me, the mirror was a reflection of what I wanted you and me – to see in me. I was never really one to look at myself all day long. I would just, LOL, create in the morning…and pray it lasted all day!
Through the years, my body has been heavy, average and thin. I noticed that I was always treated differently when I was smaller. I hated knowing that about people. But, in all honestly, I always felt and treated myself differently when I was smaller. I think I hate that about myself too.
My favorite times to look in the mirror are when I can get into the Cinderella mode. For real. I love before and afters. To go from carefree ponytails and no makeup to eyeliner, jewels and the best that I can be. I feel comfortable in ponytails and no makeup but it is not near as cute at 54, LOL. I think Prince Charming hides when I look like that, (giggle). But, really, I love the way that I feel when I am dressed up.
But as the years go by I hide more from the mirror I think. Or, it matters to me less. I see more gray peeking out and wrinkles moving in. LOL, at least I can see IF I have my contacts in or use my magnifying mirror!!
Or maybe I just enjoy comfort these days. Yes, that too. Some people think of a sweating activity vacation. I think of floating on a raft in a pool. Some people think of zipping around and filling all their hours with MUCH acitivity. I think of swinging in the breeze or sitting by the water.
I guess through the years (with Jesus) my values have changed just like what I see in the mirror has changed. And it is all good. I can always be Cinderella as long as there is a mirror, lipstick and jewels. And who knows, Prince Charming might prefer ponytails and no makeup, LOL.
Patti Corbello Archer