Ever heard of the saying, “Dress for the job you want?” Luckily, my career in news takes place behind the scenes where I have more freedom to choose and wear what I want. Without the restrictions of a dress code, my own personal style is allowed to shine through without limitations. But let’s stop for just a minute and pause to reflect on what our ideal job or lifestyle would be. Do you daydream? I sure do. No one is ever too old to have an imagination and I have to admit that my own is wildly vivid.
Ok wait just a minute. That last sentence sounded particularly scandalous, so let me explain. Even though we grow older, our imagination stays with us. While we may grow out of the sandbox, our dreams never fade. It’s possible that when you were a child, you aspired to be a dancer or a rockstar, but as you grew older, reality set in, college loans added up and you found yourself taking on the task of responsibility. So you took the desk job and saw the limelight fade away. I can relate on so many levels. Adulting is hard. *Sigh.*
While the hours count down, as you tap those keys away day by day, I am here to tell you to follow your dreams. What, how, where, when, why? Ok I’ll get to all that. I have divulged that I work in television news behind the scenes. Many of you may know by now that when I was in college, I aspired to be in front of the screen, I also wanted to be a singer, an actress. The list goes on. After many agonizing years of rejection, those plans fell through. It’s ok. I am not here to dwell, but I am here to tell you that I survived with my dreams still fully intact. I may be the only one walking the halls at work with flowing cape kimonos, but in my head…I walk the halls like a rockstar. With music pumping into my ears and throughout my body, I own my stage. I am here to tell you to own your’s too. So maybe your job doesn’t allow you to be as creative with your work wear. Maybe you are a nurse, or a teacher or an astronaut (ok so that last one might be a bit farfetched of me to think an astronaut would be reading my blog, but if you are indeed an astronaut…FAR OUT)..take the time on your off hours to dress the way you want to. If you are off the clock, that is YOUR time.
Also note that your sense of style does not come with an age restriction. Whether you are 21 or 75, dress like the inner being that you are. There is such a stigma attached to what is age appropriate and I really can’t quite grasp it. Go ahead and wear the dress that no one would expect you to and own it. I don’t know about you, but I plan on being just as fabulous at 75 as I am now. Just because we get older and take on more responsibility, does not mean we have to suppress our creativity. Nurture that part of yourself. Express it and make your dreams the reality.