Do you switch out your clothes when the seasons change? One of the things I love about living in Maryland is that we have four seasons. I love how the seasons go from winter to spring to fall to summer. If you are a regular Sweet Potato, then you’d know that Fall is my absolute favorite season.
Anyway, yesterday, I was switching my summer clothes out for my winter clothes, and it got me thinking. I was excited to switch my clothes out because I am now in a season that I enjoy. Although we have a decent-sized walk-in closet, it’s not big enough to hold all my clothes comfortably. Igwe’s clothes are on the left side, while mine are on the right side. During the summer, I don’t have as many clothes in there because there are so many clothes I’d rather not wear when it’s hot outside. Like jeans. I fold all my jeans away during the summer. I may wear jean shorts, but rarely full-length pants. It’s too hot in the summer, and I never know how to be naked enough. No matter what I wear, I’m still hot.
When it’s cold, however, I can wear anything, which is why I have more options in the winter. I can wear a skirt with tights or a t-shirt with a sweater and a scarf. It’s a comfortable time for me. Not to mention, makeup looks better in the cold, too because the sun does not melt your foundation off, nor does it turn your good intentioned fragrance into bile after mixing it with sweat. Yuck.
Where am I going with this? Well, as I switched my clothes out for a happier, more comfortable season of style in my life, I started thinking about my personal life. Right now, I’m not very comfortable. I’m going through a challenge that I don’t like, and although I have been here before (sort of), it doesn’t really make it any easier to deal with – just like summer.
In my heart, I know that this is just a phase; I know for sure that this, too, will pass. But a part of me is still afraid. I know that I will look back and laugh, and I know that soon, I will enter a more comfortable season, one I would be eager to start, and I would be excited about the possibilities, just like I am excited about winter and all the boots and sweaters and scarves and hats and tights that I’ll be able to wear. But it’s so much easier to just be comfortable, to be where you want to be. Is it not?
Life is just like that sometimes. Sometimes things go exactly as you want, but other times, you go through challenges and you’re uncomfortable, but you make it through, and when you’re done, hopefully, you’re stronger. But whatever challenge you’re facing, whatever weather you’re forced to face, you have to dress appropriately, and it will all be alright.
I wish us all the best.
P.S. I wrote the first Life’s Like That Sometimes in 2010