...that moment when you think, why do I still have these clothes?
Have your clothes been in social isolation since we have entered the national pandemic? My wardrobe rotation has consisted of pajamas, workout clothes, and leggings. My goal has been to continue a fitness routine. As I searched one of my drawers for a pair of workout pants, I stumbled upon a pair of shorts.
The shorts were buried in a corner, in the back of the drawer. I had to pull and tug, to free the Fuchsia colored spandex material. All I wanted to do was to work out in something different than I usually wore. I soon found out why the shorts remained socially isolated from my other workout clothes.
I pulled the shorts on, one leg at a time. I was instantly transported like I stepped into a time machine and dropped into the 1980’s; Me and my biker shorts. It was a sight more entertaining than cute. You remember the 80’s – Jane Fonda workout tapes, Michael Jackson’s hit Thriller appeared on the scene, and big hair was popular.
My virtual workout was energizing, and my body felt refreshed, but when I looked in the mirror, I was still in the 80’s. I started singing, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Cindy Lauper). I grabbed a plastic spatula from the kitchen counter and sang into my makeshift microphone. “Sometimes I’m just like my mother…(When Doves Cry-Prince).
As I sat down to breakfast, sipping a warm cup of coffee, my mind eased back into resent day. It was quiet in the kitchen, except for the low hum of the dishwasher I had turned on. Just me and my thoughts…and those shorts. It was a humbling experience wearing those throwback socially isolated shorts. Ewe. I have work to do, but I am not giving up yet.
While my clothes were in social isolation so was I, and I did not always make the best eating choices. Yes, I worked out regularly, but that needed to be balanced with my eating habits. If you find yourself in this situation, know that it will be okay. I know it’s a cliché, but I will say it anyway, tomorrow is a new day. You can reboot and start over. If I can do it, so can you. We’re in this together.
The next time I bring clothes out of social isolation, I’m not going as far back as the 1980’s. I will just go back a few months. Create a playlist of your favorite songs and dance around your house. When you finally emerge from social isolation, you will have transformed from a caterpillar into a butterfly.
Have your clothes been in social isolation?