Choices: We spend the majority of our days making them consciously and unconsciously. Fashion bloggers, myself included, dedicate a large portion of their blogs explaining why they chose to wear what they do. The reasons for this outfit are rather simple: 1. I wanted to emulate an equestrian style since it appeals to me & 2. This jacket's color scheme is one I never play off of so I felt like trying it out. The origin story for this ensemble doesn't stretch far beyond those 2 reasons if I'm being completely candid. In contrast, my inner monologue about choices regarding our perceptions of the outside world seems to drag on for days. I used to believe that I had little choice in what emotions I would experience. "Even if I was able to switch my feelings on and off", I thought to myself, "Wouldn't it be unhealthy to do so because I would likely end up repressing sadness, anger, anxiety, etc.- a plan that's doomed to backfire at some point?" Recently my perspective on the matter has changed: My emotions usually stem from my perceptions of the world. If I choose to perceive situations and everyone around me as threats to my emotional stability, I'm inadvertently choosing to breed more hostility and fear than necessary. In contrast, choosing to view the cards I'm dealt with as (eventual) positive contributions to my well-being allows me to acknowledge the presence of undesirable emotions and find joy in knowing that I can control how I act upon them. In short, I believe we have agency over our perspectives and, by extension, choose our feelings to a certain degree. Not the most groundbreaking revelation but sometimes we all need friendly reminders of the obvious (or maybe only I do because my attention span seems to shorten day by day).
Vintage Floral Blazer- Flea Market
Kimchi Blue Velvet Tank- Resale
Topshop Tan Jeans- Resale
Naturalizer Camel Boots- Nordstrom
Silver Boho Necklace- Lucky Brand
All Other Jewelry- Resale/ Flea Market