As previously mentioned, I just moved into a new apartment in New Jersey for my first job. I didn’t bring a lot with me and not a lot came with the apartment. It’s currently pretty dang empty aside from my air mattress and boxes of clothes.
It’s funny how you don’t realize all of the tiny details that go into maintaining your place until they’re all suddenly gone. Hangers, plastic baggies, sponges, lamps, trash cans you name it. My current system is buy when it becomes a problem. One of these things has been a full length mirror. It’s something I use every day, yet it was invisible until now, I simply took for granted that it would just show up.
This was my “college crib” from senior year.
At first, it was on one of my many shopping lists, but as I went to pick a mirror out I stopped. Maybe I don’t need one. I have a small bathroom mirror I use to put on my makeup, but I’ve been functioning just fine without it. So I left it there.
Now, in the morning when I get dressed I don’t have that moment of anxiety and self judgement that usually accompanies my gaze into a full length mirror. Instead, I go about my morning routine and I’m out the door coffee in hand with a sense of confidence that the world sees me the way I see myself in my mind.
And guess what? No disasters!
Perks of Living Mirror-Free
- Shaved time off my morning routine – second guessing is a time suck
- More flexibility in my outfits – no stupid voice saying “that doesn’t look right”
- Better mood in the morning
- Less anxiety about how I look
- Increased confidence at work- I’m not stressed about my outfit
- I spend more time thinking about how I act rather than how I look doing it
In the end, after I buy a table, some chairs, maybe a real bed, then perhaps I’ll consider buying a mirror, but maybe I wont. By that time, I may have fully adjusted to my mirror-less apartment for the better.
For now I’m really enjoying not caring what I look like. It reminds me of when I travel, how I’m fully immersed in my world and not myself.
Totally at peace in Greece.
I feel beautiful, confident and happy so hopefully others can see that, but if not, it’s there loss, not mine.