Stuck in “before.”

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I was watching a make-over show on TV this morning. The woman they were “working on” had her hair completely transformed by this super friendly and attentive hairdresser. When he was done highlighting and snipping and blowdrying, she looked absolutely amazing! As he slowly spun the chair around for the big reveal, he asked her what she thought.

The woman stared blankly at herself in the mirror for about 30 long seconds and then said “I don’t know, I guess I just need to get used to it.”

My jaw dropped..so did his.

Next was a session with a make-up artist and guess what, her reaction was the same.

Every one of these professionals was highlighting every single best feature this lady had, but it was as if she simply didn’t want to see them. This poor woman was completely invested in a lesser, smaller, more invisible version of herself…but her appearance was actually far from neutral.  She had become so sloppy, her image so off-putting, that it was actually pushing people away while simultaneously attracting negative attention..and as the show progressed, you could see that she was slowly coming to terms with the truth that she was doing it on purpose because she wanted to be left alone.

 

In the end, after buying all new clothes and getting plenty of friendly counseling, she seemed to have a breakthrough. Her smile was big and authentic and you could see that she was ready to commit to an exciting journey of self discovery and realization.  She was ready to become an active participant in her own life and open herself up to as of yet unknown experiences. She finally realized that her appearance could become a doorway instead of a wall- one through which she could head out into the world and invite new friends to come in as well. It was an awesome transformation both externally and internally; a rebirth more than a makeover. I felt moved, inspired and hopeful.

Don’t you just love a happy beginning?

You’ve got one life….

 

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3 comments

  1. Well, this actually makes a lot of sense. When you look in the mirror, you have some expectations of what you’ll see. When there’s a disconnect, and you look COMPLETELY different, it’s unnerving. (And that doesn’t even crack the psychological shell of trying to “hide in plain sight” due to some past issue or trauma….)

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    • It was as if they had shined up a diamond..and her reaction was so weirdly “flat”..no shock or surprise..almost as if she knew she could look like this but had long ago decided she didn’t want to. I also thought maybe she had had something happen to her..how else to explain it? Felt bad for her and so many others who have issues so deep..😔

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