YK’s 365 Release: Day 327

My younger sister was my constant companion while growing up, so we rummaged through our entire house constantly, looking for ways to entertain ourselves. We mainly used our elaborate imagination to create infinite worlds of fantasy, games and amusement. One such creative rendering was playing dress up, as many children do. I used to sneak into my father’s closet and put on his vests, suits, ties. Because I was a tomboy, it never even occurred to me to put on my mother’s clothes. At the time, I didn’t know what it meant to wear a suit. I knew it was very business-like, and reserved for work, or wherever it was that my dad went when he left in the mornings. I knew to some degree, that suits were reserved for special occasions.

As I grew older, and grew into who I have become stylistically, I began to also comprehend how suits were associated more intimately with male culture. This made getting a suit for my stature, a challenge. So the few times I found suits that fit immaculately, I purchased them. So I now have a few sets of women’s pant suits. I wore them frequently in my 20s and haven’t even taken them out of their garment bags in my 30s.

As I mature even more, I find that my fashion sense has arrived to a place of ease, and I am not concerned with intricate and elaborate clothes so much. I have my staple outfits that I feel comfortable in. Life is much more simple for me, and everything I do expresses this aptly.

I kept these suits because they were expensive, difficult to find, and I have always been told to have one just in case. But as I am learning, the what ifs don’t really matter because it is not in the moment and price doesn’t really matter because that is part of consumer culture.

So on Day 327 of my 365 Release practice for non-attachment, letting go and change, I am giving away 2 suits to let go of an idea I once had of what luxury and status were. What a long time ago that was and how ecstatic I am to be happy in a tank top and shorts.



[I created the 365 Release Project to practice non-attachment, letting go and change by giving away 1 thing a day for 1 year. The background, vision and guidelines to the 365 RELEASE project are here. The running list of everything I have released is here.]

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