Well, I began to think last night about this mask situation. I’m one of those that try to follow the rules and do what I’m told (don’t ask Randy to confirm that as he will look at you like you are crazy for asking about that).
But that doesn’t mean that I like them. I just do it because I’m suppose to. AND…I refuse to get caught up in ordering a bunch of masks just to have some that goes with every outfit. After all, that would be admitting to myself that this is an on-going situation. Just like years ago when we were told not to get hooked on capri’s because they would be one of those clothes items that would stay around for a couple of seasons, but then disappear forever. That was in 1993 I think. Lucky for me, I didn’t listen to them. 27 years down the road and that is all I wear. Even my jammies are capris. But masks…well, I have had to adjust my thinking about them. Instead of concentrating on all the negatives about them, like “I can’t breathe when I wear one” or “they take my makeup off” or “people can’t tell I’m smiling at them”, I have decided to accentuate the positive. So here are some new ways to think about them:
1. People won’t know I’m old because they cant see my wrinkles when I wear one.
2. When I am around people that for some reason catch me in a bad mood, they can’t tell i’m not smiling at them.
3. When Randy and I are out running errands, I just look at him and say, “oops, I guess you will have to go in to get the 3 items I forgot to buy yesterday , because i forgot to bring my mask with me.”
4. On bad hair days, I wear the really oversized mask and no one knows it is me.
5. When I don’t feel like joining in a conversation (like that will ever happen), I just say, “I’m sorry, but it is so hard to talk with this mask on.”
6. When I do buy a mask with colors and designs that don’t match any of my outfits, it gives me reason to shop for an outfit that does. Even though I said earlier that I wouldn’t buy masks to coordinate with all my clothes, every once in a while it helps to use this so I don’t feel guilty for going shopping.
7. When Randy and I argue, well, we NEVER argue, let’s call it, discussing something, it allows me to have the last word because he can’t hear what I am saying if I have the mask on.
So, next time you are complaining about having to wear a mask. Trust me, I’m right there with you and will be so thankful not to have to do so. But in the meantime, keep this list in the back of your mind. It helps put a smile on your face, even if no one can see it.