When I was little, I remember vividly my Grandmother’s dresser holding her various beauty items, one being her favorite bottle of perfume, Beautiful by Estee Lauder. I was fascinated by beauty products, and one day asked her about her perfume.
“I love this perfume. I wear it on special occasions.” My Grandmother told me.
“Why do you only wear it on special occasions, Grandma?” I asked her.
“Because I want to save it.” She replied.
Years later, my Grandmother passed away. I remember looking at her dresser, left exactly how she liked to keep it, and there was her bottle of Beautiful perfume, at least 3/4ths full. I remember thinking to myself then about how many “special occasions” my Grandmother missed, and will never be able to have now that she’s gone.
I’m sure my Grandmother’s definition of a special occasion would be the obvious: dinner out, a family party or wedding, etc. She saved her beloved perfume that made her happy for these moments. This really struck me, looking at her almost full perfume bottle.
How many opportunities of happiness do we let us slip by in our lives? Why do we save things for special occasions if they make us happy here and now? Why can’t we enjoy them in this moment?
I believe in wearing your expensive perfume every day because every day is a special occasion, the littlest things should be celebrated because you deserve to be happy.
Let me be clear, this isn’t about the perfume, or any inanimate object for that matter, it’s about how those things make you feel. It’s about doing things you’d normally save for a special occasion just because it makes you happy. It’s about giving yourself permission to love yourself and not save it for when you feel you deserve it. You deserve it Every. Day.
I love my perfume as well, just like my Grandmother did. I wear it all the time, even if I just have a hot date with the laundry basket simply because it makes me happy. If your jam is red lipstick, then do me a favor and whip that out right now, put it on and attack your electric bill like the diva you are. Make today a special occasion and let’s stop saving for moments that might never come. Wear that lipstick down to the nub, and I will proudly display my empty perfume bottle. And when those are done, we’ll buy another, and another, until we have only empty containers to show as proof of our worthiness.
How many empty bottles do you want own?