You know how often times people say: “Perspective is everything”? or something to that effect? It’s a common piece of advice that’s given out freely, usually when someone is struggling with an area of their lives. I was thinking about this recently while listening to someone talk about a struggle they were dealing with in their current situation. Perspective is an interesting thing isn’t it? When you think about it, you could put two people in the same situation, and they can come out describing that situation completely differently. In that way, perspective is everything. However, I sometimes get the feeling that when I’m being told this piece of advice, it means that I shouldn’t be looking forward or striving for greater things. Let me explain.
I’d like to propose a change to this quote. I would like to say: “perspective CHANGES everything.” That one little word, to me, is everything! I completely believe that having the correct perspective is incredibly important, and quite honestly, can be everything in determining your future. But I don’t think we should just change our perspective on our situation, then sit still. Say you hate your job. It’s not what you were made for, it drains the life out of you, and it’s basically something you do just to survive. Those are valid feelings, and nowhere in the world should anyone say: “you should just learn to love it and stick with it forever!” because that’s not always the truth! However, you could flip it around and say: “I’m so grateful that I can make a living right now, while I pursue what other things/jobs I can do that bring me more fulfillment than this job right now.” I think if we can use our perspective to help propel us forward, we can do a lot of amazing things. So I guess what I’m saying, is that I agree with the statement: “perspective is everything” AS LONG AS we don’t use it to basically tell ourselves that we are stuck and we may as well make the best of it. Which, sure, there are seasons in life that are very much like that. I understand. I’ve been there. But the good news is, seasons don’t last forever, we can ALWAYS learn new skills, and the better perspective we have on where we are and where we can go next, the more likely we are to go places! Perspective on where we are, WHO we are, and what we are capable of CHANGES EVERYTHING.
I’ve had this shirt from Anthropologie for years now. I love it, but I never wear it anymore. I bought it right after having my second baby and it was literally the magic shirt that made me look thinner when I was most definitely NOT. It’s one of those shirts that I would have bought no matter what, but because I wore it when I wasn’t feeling all that thin, I have a hard time wearing it now that I’ve lost more weight. If you’ve ever gone through dramatic weight loss or had a baby you know those pieces I’m talking about! So the other day, I was looking at the shirt and thought, what if I looked at it differently. What if I wore it BACKWARDS? And voila. My perspective changed!
The bralette is the magic piece for backless tops because it adds a little pizazz! Mine is Free People. This top is old, but here’s a similar one if you want to try this out! The jeans are vintage Levi’s and the shoes are vintage loafers (if you don’t have loafers, get some!!) My necklace is from the fabulous Free To Wander on Etsy.
I wish changing my perspective on life was as easy as putting my shirt on differently. But we all gotta start somewhere and just do our best!