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Senior Spotlight: Dressing to impress

Mary Jo Brown/For the Craig Daily Press

Mary Jo Brown

As a person gets older, they can see the way society dresses has changed, especially in the way people no longer dress up to go to town. It used to be the norm for a person to make sure they had the proper clean attire on before they left the house to go to town.

Now, it seems much less important to the younger generations and acceptable to even wear nightclothes into stores anytime of the day. Sometimes, I don't feel like dressing up in more than casual clothes, and what I intend on doing that day makes a difference in what I wear, as it does with most of us, but I still tend to dress for comfort.

Most people are appearance-minded and tend to dress to make a good appearance or for a pulled-together fashion statement.

Sometimes, being properly attired is not at the top of our list of things to accomplish that day.

A person may be having an especially difficult struggle with an event in their life, a loss of someone close, physical illness or some other serious life crisis. What we look like doesn't matter to us at that particular time, but the people we come in contact with are not aware of our situation and tend to judge us by the impression we create through our appearance.

Each one of us transmits personal signals about our self-esteem and everyday life. Those signals can indicate lack of self-esteem, loss of energy or depression. We begin to care less about what we took like in our attire and personal grooming until we don't care at all. Even when we are alone, there should be thought about our appearance as it directly affects our mood and the tone of how our day will go.

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More than likely, we were taught that how we present ourselves to the world is very important; unfortunately our outside appearance counts far more than it should. Society, through various forms of media, gives us the impression of the acceptable way to look and behave.

The "unwritten rules of acceptable dress" are not as evident today as they were even just a few years ago.

Is there beauty in stingy hair, skintight or sagging jeans, dirty or wrinkled clothes?

Maybe not, but we need to look past the distressing appearance and find the true person within. Put yourself in their place, and unless you know the reason for their appearance, consider what they are feeling and don't concentrate so much on judging the way they look.

Look inside that person, for the true beauty that shines from within, for the spiritual beauty, an internal light that most people tend to hide or deny. We need to find the beauty within ourselves also. How we are seen by others is our responsibility, and we need to make the right choices in our appearance and how we live our lives.

Happy birthday to Ricky Southard, Angelina Verman, Linda Herrera, Randy Herman, Bob Gilbert and Maxine Pike.

Get well wishes to Ron Moran, Elaine Lopez and Rose Razzano.

Potluck at noon Friday at Sunset Meadows I and free lunch at St. Michael's Catholic Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday.