- Is School Lunch Really All That Bad?
- Earn your degree
- Write a letter to your reflection in the mirror.
- What is your zodiac sign? Does it fit your personality?
- Sit outside for about an hour. Write down the sounds you hear.
- Write about a teacher who had a lasting impact on you.
- Your relationship status and how you feel about it.
- Where you’d like to be in ten years.
- Write about friends that are like family.
- Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.
- Write a verbal vision board.
- Write about being inside an old abandoned warehouse.
- How important do you think education is?
- What if you mirror started talking to you?
- List five celebrities that you’re attracted to.
- Write about how you celebrate New Year’s Eve.
- Write about what you do on Valentine’s Day.
- How impulsive are you?
- Write about your favorite US President, living or dead.
- Do Photoshopped Images Make You Feel Bad About Your Own Looks?
- Protected: Would You Want to Be a Child Prodigy?
- Do You Perform Better When You’re Competing or When You’re Collaborating?
- What are your favorite cartoons?
- If someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- How Do You Find Peace in Your Life?
- How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
- What would you do if you could live a day without consequences?
- How to Properly Pack a Suitcase
- A food that reminds you of your youth.
- Why would you be a great president? Give at least three arguments.
Well, time is beginning to catch up with us, isn’t it? It could just be allergies making things puffy, but there’s now a little line next to my eyes when I smile. Either way, it’s a portent of things to come.
I don’t take care of myself like I should. I’ve always hated the feel and the smell of sunscreen, and since I’ve turned out to be allergic to the chemical-based ones, I use that as an excuse not to use any. The barrier-based ones tend to be sticky. There’s also the fact that I sweat easily, thanks to medications needed to keep me sane, and so whatever I put on washes right off. That’s why I stopped wearing make up.
But I should, at the very least, be moisturizing. Moisturizing will, allegedly, cover a multitude of sins. It’s like cake frosting, only it helps undo sun damage or some shit. This may not even be true, it may just be what my mother has drilled into me. Still, even knowing that the magic moisture will save my appearance, my vanity, I don’t do it regularly. I only moisturize nightly in winter, when my skin feels dry, or with aloe in summer after getting “a touch of sun.”
(A side note: when researching for The Move, I tried to find out if I could get spray-on moisturizer in Cape Town. You see, I found that spritzing Bare Minerals’ spray-on moisturizer immediately after a shower both makes my skin feel better and fulfills this MOISTURIZE NAO edict. I search five sites and couldn’t find any moisturizer. Of course I couldn’t. I was spelling it with a Z. Moisturiser, that’s the ticket.)
I’m dooming myself to be a wrinkled, spotty prune. I’m not vain enough to care, apparently. One day I will, and then I’ll regret the vagaries of my youth.
What I’m most concerned about are the lines that run from nostrils to below the corners of the mouth. Those say Old to me. Everyone gets them at some point, if only when they make expressions. But one day they become worn in and permanent. I haven’t got any permanence there yet. Thank god.
I’m surprised this move hasn’t brought on more gray hair. Not long before we left I found a long one. For a while I thought I had one in my eyebrow, but it was just blonde. Every time I think I’ve spotted one, I have to examine it thoroughly to determine if it’s silver or gold. This is very stressful.
This is supposed to be a letter to the me in the mirror, so here’s my message.
Take better care of us. Not now, obviously, everything’s pretty cockeyed right now, but soon.