I can remember getting ready to go out on my 18th birthday. It was 1985 and I thought I looked HOT. 27 years on, I am sporting a similar look for an 80’s party. I am REE DICULOUS.
I am amazed by how easily the application of my blue eye liner comes back to me, and ever-so-slightly perturbed when my 5 year old tells me “You look pretty Mummy”.
It got me thinking about how the birth of each new decade seems to hammer a nail in to the coffin of the previous one. Goodbye shoulder pads, farewell white ‘shag me’ shoes, nighty night wet-look hair. What was once beautiful (or was it?) has become an overnight shambles.
I started SaveEveryStep because I didn’t want my Mum’s memory to be lost. I didn’t want the beauty and warmth of her 1950s youth to be just a face in a black and white photo, wearing curious white gloves and a funny little hat. Time is an absolute sod. It takes away from us our beauty and ultimately separates us from those we love.
So, to my mind we should be celebrating the passing of each era. Treasure the ridiculousness of that tartan pinafore or those skinny jeans (who knew they’d make a come back?) and find a way to keep the beauty of the times you’ve experienced intact in your memories as part of your legacy.
Oh, and remember – you are beautiful now, just as you were beautiful then but didn’t think so at the time.
More Posts on the ‘Beauty’ theme over at Tara’s ever-popular Gallery.