Jun 142017
 

Nail Polish

I have decided that I shall wear glitter nail polish on a regular basis. I very rarely paint my nails, but I am going to start. And I will raid my teenage daughter’s massive polish collection and try ALL of the glitter ones.

Why? Because I like sparkle. My blonde hair has added sparkle now from all of the gray threading through it. So why can’t I add some twinkle to my fingers too?

It looks like magical fairy dust adorning my fingers…which type stories on my laptop. Creating people and places out of thin air, as a writer, is a special kind of magic, don’t you think? So isn’t it fitting that I pretend, just for the fun of it, that my fingernails are sprinkled with a bit of extra magic?

Is glitter nail polish appropriate for a woman who is closer to fifty than forty? Possibly not.

Do I care if the beauty industry might think I’m too old for sparkly nails? Absolutely not.

You see, for many years now, I have been receding into drabness. Neutral clothing colors, little makeup, no jewelry = a very bland look. Why? Because I have become plumper than I’d like. Because the gray hair, that I am determined to embrace, sticks up and corkscrews – making me look like a Dr. Seuss character. Because I have convinced myself that I am a shy introvert, when I’m really not. Because for most of my life I have had a deeply embedded limiting belief that calling attention to myself in any way is bad.

Over the last few years I have done a lot of work to discover who I really am, not who I think I should be. The real me doesn’t want to be a chameleon who disappears into the background. If I pretend to be invisible, I never meet new people and never have conversations that capture my attention. And if I don’t experience new things and meet new people, where do you think I’ll draw inspiration for my writing from? A boring, sedate life is counter-productive for me as a writer.

So…I will wear glitter nail polish (on my finger and toe nails), brightly colored clothes, bold jewelry, and lipstick (something else that I have never been fond of until recently). Why? Because I don’t want to become bland and boring. I don’t want my daughter to have that type of mother. Looking back now, I can see that I let the unpleasant things in my life drag me down to into the mundane muck. But not anymore. Glitter nail polish will be a life preserver – my personal touch of whimsy and a reminder that life is magical if I make an effort to find the magic.

 

 June 14, 2017  Posted by  General, Inspiration, Writing Life Tags: ,  Add comments

  8 Responses to “Glitter Nail Polish Obsession”

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  1. Go for it!

  2. Nice post! Not meaning to put a drab in your sparkle, but is it true glitter polish is harder to remove?

    • Yes, glitter polish is hard to get off. But I use a special base coat made for glitter polish that lets you peel the polish off in one piece without even using polish remover. I’ve heard that you can use watered-down white glue to do the same thing, but I haven’t tried that.

  3. This is so awesome!!! I LOVE this blog post!! You go girl – age does not define who we are and what we should be and do :))))

  4. Glittery nail polish has always been a favorite for me…especially in summer when the toe nails come out for fresh air…lol

    • I have two different kinds of glitter polish layered on my toenails right now. I live in sandals all summer, so I understand where you’re coming from!

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