I’ve made peace with the fact that I will no longer spend my days and dates in “hot shoes”. I’ve had seven surgeries to help me deal with the pains and deformations of arthritis. The cost is now too high.
Likewise, I’ve said goodbye to perfectionism. Type “A” at my core, I spent my first five decades clinging to a serious savior complex, determined to control and perfect. HA! At 55, I fully realize the folly of that focus.
Because of such stuff, I love getting older. (The knees that need replacement give me pause, but I’m working on my attitude!)
And so, on the topics of fashion and perfection, I share quotes followed by a poem. Read on!
“Perfectionism is just fear in really good shoes.”
~ Elizabeth Gilbert
Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor. It will keep you very scared and restless your entire life if you do not awaken, and fight back.”
~ Anne Lamott
I fought back.
No longer force feet into shoes just for fashion,
Nor fear what I don’t understand.
I’ve honed self-respect – body, spirit, strength, passion.
Honor others. No longer demand
Age taught me this:
Each path is one’s own.
To me, yours is unknown.
Recall the parable of thrown stone?