Monday, July 7, 2014

A Gift To Be Simple

summer garden, light yellow cardigan, pale blue linen maxi dress

When I dress more simply, my mind feels simpler. Summer is conducive to this. The weather allows for outfits that consist of one or two light pieces, like a little yellow cardigan and a long linen dress. Some of the mental clutter dissipates.

It's a good thing, to be able to see into the corners of yourself. It can also be scary, because the bare room will look different than you expected. We all form assumptions about ourselves. Like any assumptions, they fail to encompass the entire situation. In a way, my simpler outfit led me to think about how complex each person is. Ideas about identity are a way to make sense of things, to organize our concepts of self. But theoretical frameworks are only that, not the fullness of illogical reality.

I don't know if I'm living my life the "right" way. Am I productive enough, adult enough? Will I ever get a degree? Why do I have a million insecurities, and how do I mitigate them? Am I thinking too much? My book of the moment is Working--perhaps that has made me more pensive. But hey, the author's name is hilarious: Studs Terkel.

I wonder whether I dress a certain way because I'm in a certain mood, or vice versa. I suppose it's a bit of both.

6 comments :

  1. You look very elegant! It's interesting how particular moods and outfits play off of each other.

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  2. I wish my brain could get quieter and simpler sometimes but I over-analyze and hardly ever really relax so that's not happening any time soon! I know what you mean about a simple outfit making everything feel less cluttered though. It's weird how outfits can affect us so much!

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    1. Oh man, relaxing can be so difficult. Yeah, fashion makes a big difference!

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  3. I am a world champion of overthinking. It's a terrible affliction - even if it's not always directly negative or anxious. Sometimes I wonder if ut's actually possible to shut off my brain, but then I think that maybe overanalyzing is a good thing, if you direct it correctly...

    I love the colours of the outfit - it's like a sorbet fashion statement!

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    1. Hooray for sorbet! I agree, it's a matter of channeling that nervous energy.

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