Do you ever see something at work or at home, or realize something about yourself, and say, “I never expected…” — like, “I never expected to like Brussels sprouts” or “I never expected to have 23 cats”?
Some things make you go “Hmm…” Others, like the things on this list I started yesterday in my journal, make you go “Who’d a thunk it?”
Here are nine (beauty and otherwise) things I never expected to see or do in my life. If you feel like joining in, please share yours in the comments (and you don’t have to list nine).
I never expected…
1. To have my wardrobe revolve around my cat
I noticed the other day while looking in my closet that I pick a lot of my clothes based on how well I think they’ll disguise black, orange and gray tabby fur. For instance, I don’t have a single pair of white pants, and I always think about how much Tabs is shedding at any given time before pulling out an outfit to wear.
That’s weird, right?
2. To always have a pair of tiny tweezers in my purse
Why? Because I have chin hairs like mushrooms that just sort of appear out of nowhere in the blink of an eye. Where do they come from? What purpose do they serve? Are they an omen of some kind? And why do they always, ALWAYS pop up in the middle of the day?
Thank goodness for Tweezerman. Without those tiny tweezers I could be walking around with a goatee.
3. Getting older to be so hard
To quote my oh-so-eloquent optometrist, “Growing older isn’t for wimps.” This, she said to me as she prescribed stronger glasses.
4. My metabolism to slow down
As a kid I assumed I’d always be able to eat whatever, whenever I wanted to. I never realized that someday there’d be a price to pay for ice cream, donuts, Nutella and cake.
5. To love blue eyeshadow
I can’t believe I used to be scared to wear a color I now love so much.
I decided to give it a try after reading an article about complementary colors in a magazine. With a color wheel, the article suggested different shades for different eye colors, like blue shades for brown-eyed girls, orange-based colors (and earthy chocolates, bronzes and golds) for blue-eyed babes, plums and lavenders for green-eyed gals.
It took some practice and time to get accustomed to seeing my eyes in blue, but now it’s one of my favorite eyeshadow shades.
6. To look down one day and not recognize my feet
There’s always toe socks…
I wish someone had pulled me aside years ago and told me to apply sunscreen to my feet. Seriously, old-lookin’ feet sneak up on you like THAT.
7. To be tempted to write a novel
I’ve never thought of myself as a fiction writer, but the idea of writing a young adult book has been like a pebble in my shoe. I try to ignore it, but it won’t go away.
8. To live among gangs of wild turkeys
I’m just a city girl living in a small, turkey-filled town. I miss the city’s urban energy, but I’ve also grown to love my turkey neighbors and other small-town charms.
9. To be an optimist
After getting knocked down by life a few times in my late teens and early 20s, I went through a long period when I wondered if I wasn’t destined for misery. That sounds dramatic, I know, but it really felt that way at the time. Finally, though, when things did eventually turn around, I came out of that awful, rough patch a more resilient person than I was before, with a new, more positive perspective. As corny as it sounds, every half empty glass is also half full.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,