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I'm wearing my perfume....   

Posted by triskele - Dec 21, 2014 - 9:23am
I'm wearing my perfume.

For some reason, things like perfume have always been things that I have "saved" to use once in a while, or on special occasions.

A silent tape in my head says that luxuries are not to be wasted or trifled away. 

I think I learned that from my parents, who were formed by the depression.  They lived through a time of overwhelming national lack and loss, and it became part of them.

I am sure that they imparted some of that type of sensibility into their children.

But you know what? 

Perfume goes bad. 

It does!  If it sits for years, the scent changes, it goes stale. 

It becomes something you throw away.

And what's the point of having something nice if I never use it? 

What's the point of not living my life fully every day, no matter what?

I have already learned a big lesson in this dance with cancer. 

I'm wearing my perfume.  On Saturdays.  When I am dressed in my sweats.

Because I love it, and it makes me feel good.

I'm using my expensive moisturizer. 

I'm sleeping as much as I can (sometimes with the help of prescribed medication..and I am giving myself permission to say THAT'S OKAY).

I'm stretching, and exercising, and eating well, and drinking lots of water, and breathing, and crying if I need to.

I need to nurture myself, nourish myself, and cherish myself. 

Not just now, AND NOT just because there's something unwelcome TEMPORARILY growing in my body... but always.

Because life is supposed to be lived.  Celebrated.  Enjoyed. Luxuriated - in.

It's a gift to use up before it goes stale....to experience, and wear with our sweats on Saturdays.

Happy Solstice...happy new chapter to all of my loved ones, blood and chosen.  May we all learn big lessons that improve our lives in the new year.
17 comments on this journal entry.

BlueBird2014 Avatar

Location: United States

Posted: Mar 5, 2015 - 6:02pm

Patriot Guard Rider
LennytheB Avatar

Location: beyond the 7th sun

Posted: Jan 23, 2015 - 9:22pm

You made me smile. That is something I do not take lightly.

edieraye Avatar

Posted: Jan 10, 2015 - 7:15pm


triskele Avatar

Location: The Dragons' Roost

Posted: Dec 24, 2014 - 10:33am

 thank you, everyone....reveling in it...all of it......  (AND I just bought myself a new bottle of a new favorite, because my free sample was all used up!  Estee Lauder's Pleasures....love it!)

kurtster Avatar

Location: drifting

Posted: Dec 23, 2014 - 10:16am

{#Clap}  {#Cheers}
We're all riders on this train
ScottN Avatar

Location: Half inch above the K/T boundary

Posted: Dec 23, 2014 - 8:38am

{#Good-vibes}  {#Wave}
swell_sailor Avatar

Location: The Gorge

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 8:48pm


ab origine
oldviolin Avatar

Location: esse quam videri

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 5:16pm

Angular banjoes sound good to me.
Steely_D Avatar

Location: Biscayne Bay

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 3:37pm

Our version of this: let's use the good china! Why is it in the cabinet?
Shine On.
Coaxial Avatar

Location: 543 miles west of Paradis,1491 miles east of Paradise

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 11:20am

{#Clap}Excellent. So many of us have put things off for far too long...If you can, do...That's my new motto. Sending positive vibes your way.

miamizsun Avatar

Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 9:55am

go for it

use it up before it gets old


when my dad passed we went through some of his stuff and found "unopened and unused" nice cologne, boxer shorts, monogrammed socks and hankies, etc.

daddy-o what were you saving this for?


meower Avatar

Location: i believe, i believe, it's silly, but I believe

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 4:38am

kick it sister!

BlueHeronDruid Avatar

Location: planting flowers

Posted: Dec 22, 2014 - 1:31am

Hell YEAH you are!
Je m'en branle
AliGator Avatar

Posted: Dec 21, 2014 - 10:59pm

Thanks for the reminder, Paula.  

I think I'll wear a pair of my "dressy" earrings tomorrow. And use my "fancy" French body oil. 

(PS: You're gonna kick cancer's ass.) 
What Day Is This?
helenofjoy Avatar

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

Posted: Dec 21, 2014 - 5:48pm

Yes!  And some perfumes actually stay really really nice for many many years!  Some of the oldest were made with better ingredients than they use now - finer oils, and they last and last.  So you can still wear it long into your 80's!  And I expect you will!  {#Good-vibes}
Living with passion
Alexandra Avatar

Location: PNW

Posted: Dec 21, 2014 - 10:01am

Hear, hear, sistah. Words of wisdom to live by.
Angular banjoes sound good to me.
Steely_D Avatar

Location: Biscayne Bay

Posted: Dec 21, 2014 - 9:59am