One of my friends recently told me she felt she was in need of a makeover. She cut and colored her hair, sprung for the foundation for a new wardrobe, and even renovated her office. When she showed me a picture of herself post-changes, my reaction was, “you look completely different!” Which, I’m guessing, was the point.
My friend’s personal renovation got me thinking about our collective love of the makeover. Why is the concept of changing our appearance so attractive? Because when we change our appearance, we see something different in the mirror. We no longer see yesterday’s failures, but we can imagine tomorrow’s successes. For the briefest of moments, when we are literally faced with the shock of change, we are shaken out of our comfort zone into a world of possibilities.
Last year I left the company where I’ve worked for 17 years. A generous discount, a clothing allowance, and first choice of new sale items left me with the appropriate wardrobe for the job I was doing. But while leaving that career was an ending, it also represented the beginning of the rest of my life. Does that mean it’s time for me to makeover/renovate/shed my skin in order to embrace this new start? When I look in the mirror, I see the same person I saw 6 months ago. Is that who I am now?
Yes and no. Yes, I’m me. I’m the same person who loves the Go-Gos, owns all the Trixie Beldens, and is drawn to bright colors. But I’m not the person who was tied to the rules of a company anymore. If I wanted to, I could dye my hair blue, drink champagne with breakfast, and wear Moon Boots every day. But just because I can, does that mean I should?
So many of us are looking for our own new beginnings. Some of us are starting a new career. Some of us are retiring from one. Some of us are getting married/ divorced/ having children. Some of us are writing “Chapter One,” and some of us are writing “The End.” But wherever we are in life, we have a chance to look in the mirror and see the possibilities of the future.
And that is the power of a makeover.