Stray Dog Revolution
Well, it's over. The no mirror/no selfie/no reflection 7-day challenge has passed and I have to say it did make me think.
I started off this morning really reluctant to look in the mirror, so I didn't. It was my third trip into the bathroom before I actually decided to do it, right before taking my last hot shower for a week. The first thing I must report is I like my hair. Phew. :) The second is that I felt like I was seeing myself differently, maybe more clearly. I wasn't used to seeing myself anymore and it shocked me how different I felt I look than when I normally look in the mirror. Not better or worse, just different. I'm not sure how to explain it.
The rest of the day, I still found myself avoiding looking in the mirror, like in the airport bathroom. I just didn't feel the need. And although I took the coverings off our bathroom mirrors, I'm just now realizing I haven't looked in either one yet. Why? I think I have an idea.
I actually really enjoyed not looking this week. It felt liberating in a way. At first, the worries about having something on my face or in my teeth bothered me and caused some mild anxiety. But by late in the week, I was feeling like I didn't give a crap anymore. So what? Someone would probably tell me eventually and I'd fix it and go on with my day. And I guess it just felt nice not to always be evaluating myself in a mirror, checking myself for flaws and blemishes.
Thus, I feel like challenge number one was successful. I gave it my all for the week and I learned something from the process. I give it 5 woofs. Out of 5.
As for the next challenge, I'm pretty sure all I'm going to learn from it is that I really love hot showers. And really don't like my friends.