I refrain from disclosing the details of my mishaps for your sake and my own, but rest assured, I would much rather compile posts for the blog than spend time in hospital. Sometimes though, one does not have the luxury of choice. You have to endure the rough with the smooth, so I try to find a way to cope with the situation that works best for me. This brings me to the main subject of this post - playing dress up! Everyone has different mechanisms that help them in times of stress and worry. I have many, but my favourite way to banish the blues is to don my most treasured dresses, shoes and jewellery. Sadly, I do not have as broad a selection to chose from at the moment - abdominal surgery means that I am limited to the loosest, comfiest of garments for the time being. Luckily, I adore reading and am happy to delve into beautiful novels and fashion magazines in order to gain inspiration and to maintain a positive perspective. I find increasingly that even when I do not have the capacity to dress up and go out, I can still harness all that happiness that fashion brings me; my mind is thinking creatively all the time. In times of despair my mood will lift if I remember the sense of confidence and hope that I reap each and every day from something as small as the coat I put on my back or the handbag I wear on my shoulder. Undoubtedly, fashion allows me to see life in a kaleidoscope of colour that I could not survive my greyest moments without.
I know that my presence here is very inconsistent, but perhaps this can be seen as an appropriate reflection of how unpredictable life can be. I hope that you too can find colour on your darkest of days.