Thursday, January 24, 2008

Stupid skinny mirror

Doesn't a solid Hawaiian sunset always make you feel a little bit better about yourself and the world at large?
I came to a painful realization yesterday. I have a skinny mirror in my house. Gasp! Yes, I know. A skinny mirror. Go here for the definition: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/skinny_mirror (Does anyone know why I can't get the stupid hyperlink to work?) I just wrote it, as if you needed it. You all know what the skinny mirror is. The one you are instinctively drawn to because you are always pleasantly surprised by the figure you see. You come to form your image of yourself based on what you see in THIS mirror, naturally, because you like it better than what you see anywhere else. Is not that the way our own little concepts of truth and fiction work in all things... At last, you have made peace with the person staring back at you. Why? Is it because you finally have the perfect body for which you ardently desire and arduously work? Not quite. The image you see is just a much improved version of those which have previously faced you. So, lowering your standards, you accept this as the good version of yourself. And you are pleased.

Until you find out that the mirror is indeed a skinny mirror. I lamentably made this discovery after I looked at my pictures from Hawaii. "Wait a minute..." I said to myself, "that's not what I look like in MY mirror!" Ah. The flood gates open and I begin to understand. Do you have a skinny mirror? If so, here are my recommendations:
1-Resist the urge to make it your staple mirror. I'm not saying don't look at it at all anymore; read on and you'll see that skinny mirrors do serve a useful purpose. But you need to find another more reliable source if for no other reason than to avoid wearing something truly abhorrent.
2-DO look in that mirror when you put on a swimsuit. Depression should always be avoided at all costs when trying on swimwear. Even if it's a lie.
3-Tell others in your household so that they are aware of this situation and can also take the appropriate measures to rectify their self image and esteem. He or she may, in addition, be a stronghold support while you come to grips with the loss of the image you thought you had.
The sun has set on my skinny mirror image.

8 comments:

Susan said...

Love it! Haha, where can I get me one of them? It's funny how you are your own worst critic.

Heather said...

I don't have a full length mirror because I don't want to face the music. As for a skinny mirror--I need one.
P.S. you look great in a swimsuit, so I can't imagine what you're talking about. Crazy woman.

Heather said...

Just read your comment--I tag both of you. Let Adam know!

Kenna said...

I have one in my house too. My friend Leisy, who lived there prior to me, left it just for me. I have a couple friends who whenever they come over they have to take a look. It's bad for our self-esteem in the end...

Jessie said...

I swear all the stores have skinny mirrors too! I always get home and say "what was I thinking... I swear it looked ok when I tried it on there!"

Ali Seaman said...

Totally know what you're talking about. You love it, until you realize it's not really you and you've been living a lie. I prefer living in denial!

Benjamin J Burr said...

The skinny mirrors at Nordstrom are my favorite. They make me buy all sorts of things, most of which I end up returning. -Olivia

Greg and Lauren said...

ah the infamous skinny mirror. i need one right about now. don't we all need one sometime? i think you've established the fact that the world does in fact WANT the skinny mirror. its NEEDS the skinny mirror.

and i've gotta finish the A.O.H. because i started it a year ago and it bored me, so i put it down, but i like to finish what i start. unless it's Running with Scissors. i took that one back.