Smiles, sunshine, iced coffee, and headbands
This beautiful day started off with smiles from strangers in the street who seemed to appreciate my boho vibe. For so many years I felt like just another senior citizen blending in with the crowd. Today, with the sunshine bouncing off my face, I proudly strutted my head-to-toe boho style as I walked 6 blocks to my favorite coffee shop and sat outside enjoying a delicious French vanilla iced coffee. It was so nice to be noticed for being the authentic offbeat person I really am.
I feel whole, and complete, and at peace with the face I’m presenting to the world and to myself.
My dear friend Dorothy reminds me that when we worked together 50 years ago I used to stop strangers in the street and ask if they wanted to hear a poem I had just written. I vaguely remember those days. Somewhere along the way I lost my individuality, and the freedom to be who I was back then was subsequently hidden from the world and from me. I guess life can do that to you if you let it. But deep inside I hadn’t really changed, I just needed to come out of hiding. And now I’m out, and we have the Internet so I don’t even have to stop strangers anymore.
I arrived home from my outing to find a surprise in my mailbox — a package of 4 beautiful new boho headbands I had recently ordered. My color palette is a mix of bright, brash primary colors and natural, earthy tones and the headbands match my new outfits and accessories. The image above is my current stash. I’m still missing a few colors and styles and will be placing another order next week. I’m having so much fun playing with fashion and style and watching people’s reactions.
Authenticity rocks! Being honest and authentic with yourself doesn’t erase life’s disappointments but it changes you anyway because it allows you to step over the past and choose options that can make tomorrow more fulfilling.