Halloween is a weird holiday, right?
People dress up as people they’re not and go gallivanting around town.
Isn’t that what we do every day?
Pretend that we’re something that we’re not and run around the city acting like a crazy person? Halloween caricatures our daily lives in this totally awesome way. For one day, people recognize that they want to be something else.
I am always trying to be a better or stronger version of myself on Halloween.
Last year, I dressed up as Rosie the Riveter because I wanted to be an iconic figure for women to be fierce and feel like they can do anything. This year, I was thinking about being Mrs. Officer from Lil Wayne’s song because whenever I listen to that song, it makes me feel really strong and powerful. I think it’s so cool that Lil Wayne is really into this authoritative and independent woman.
Women are changing the way they approach their image.
Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In made a big splash this past year. While admittedly, I didn’t read it, I feel its reverberations in the way women come into the workplace. We’re experimenting with being bossy, with pantsuits, with emoticons in emails, and with new businesses.
It makes me think about the whole concept of body image and who we think we are versus who we want to be and why we want to be those things.
What if we could just be what we want to be? What if we were already enough? How can we be who we want to be today, every day and this year, on Halloween?
Be honest. What’s really holding you back?
Use this Halloween to explore the person that you’ve held back on being even if it’s just the girl who wears bright red lipstick, short shorts, and the sign that says sexy banana stand***
***That’s right. You can be a sexy pop culture reference to Arrested Development. Because, then, you’ll have it. ; )***