“She smelled amazing!” I commented to my oblivious husband as we walked our muddy dog back home after our daily walk. “Did you smell that lady as she walked past us?”
Unfortunately, the lady was too far gone for me to awkwardly run up and ask what perfume she was wearing.
I hadn’t worn perfume in ages. I only wear it when I go out, and I hadn’t been anywhere. My husband is the same way. Why do we only wear perfume or aftershave when we go out?
This got me thinking about society and why we do the things we do in general.
Makeup is the same. Why do we apply it? It requires so much energy to put on, take off, and touch up throughout the day.
Some people with multiple sclerosis experience unusual symptoms that may affect their ability to do hair and makeup. Damage to fine motor skills can also make it tough to put on makeup at all, yet some of us still feel the need to wear it.
My husband often tells me he loves me just as I am, with or without makeup. So, why do I spend the little energy I have putting on makeup when I go out? Do I care that much about what others think?
It made me realize how much fatigue I was causing myself. And for what? Strangers who don’t even know me?
Letting go of our standards
I think we all have a standard we set for ourselves. I realized that mine is looking presentable, smelling nice, wearing makeup, tidying my hair, cleaning my teeth, etc. Your standard might be different, and that’s OK. Each person’s standard is different.
Since I was a teenager, my skin has been bad, and makeup makes it far worse. In the last few months, I decided to give up trying to cover it and found I’m far happier as a result. I’ve stopped caring. I’m happy to let the hormonal acne shine through, because I know it’ll calm down faster than if I tried to cover it up. Some may disagree, and that’s OK.
(By the way, if you want your acne to heal faster, I highly recommend putting pure honey on clean skin for 10-20 minutes, then washing it off with water. Its antibacterial nature works like a charm, and pimples disappear much faster.)
Why do we make the effort?
Have you ever consciously thought about how you present yourself to the world, and why? I’m getting deep here, I know.
For example, as women, do we do our makeup and hair for ourselves to feel more attractive and confident? Do we think we would look awful otherwise? Or are we afraid of what others might think if we didn’t do our hair and makeup?
Do we need to go through the effort that we do? Or could we be using our energy more productively elsewhere?
Sometimes I’m so tired that I don’t bother. There are more important things in life. But what about when we’re feeling well?
Building our self-esteem
Maybe we use these products because we have low self-esteem and don’t like the way we look. What if we worked on our confidence instead of painting over our flaws? What difference would it make in our lives if we were comfortable in our own skin?
If you want to work on that, I recommend a book I just read by Jen Sincero called “You Are a Badass.” If you are someone who doesn’t feel good enough, it is perfect for you. It helped me work through some bad feelings I had about myself.
Let me tell you this: There is nothing more beautiful than a person who’s not afraid to be who they are. Plus, life’s too short not to be happy, right?
If we took the time to look inward and discover why we are the way that we are, we could reduce our MS symptoms, because we wouldn’t be using energy worrying about others’ opinions or applying makeup and hair products. Plus, we could live a life that’s more true to us.
Sometimes, we need to ask ourselves deep questions, because only then can we grow.
Today, think about why you do the things that you do.
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