Stand up straight, suck it up, act responsible, always look and do your best, don't run with scissors, stop aggravating your brother...oh wait - those last two probably don't belong on this topic. But I did hear those a lot too.
Growing up in a type-A, military veteran household comes with certain, shall we say, requirements. We got up on time and EARLY, we had breakfast every morning, we went to school, every day (regardless of how we felt), we may not have had many clothes to wear, but we always looked put together and we were never late. That gets grilled in your brain after so many years. Especially, the get your butt up and get to school, I don't care what you feel like. It's important!!
So fast forward into grownup life, I have always been a responsible adult and been on time, made sure I looked put-together, no matter how crappy I felt. As my health has deteriorated, I have missed more work than I would have liked, but surgeons tend to frown on you returning to work before they say it's OK.
There are days when the thought of taking the time and feeling the pain of doing my hair and makeup literally makes me sick. But that's just the way I was raised. So I always just set my alarm 1 or 2 hours early to make sure I can get myself "purtied up". Plus, it really does make me feel better when I look in the mirror.
What ticks me off, is when people think because my hair has been blown dry and I have mascera and eyeshadow on, that I am feeling good. "Well, she can put on make-up..." OMG! Really?
OK, here's my rant on that. You know what? I could choose to wear sweat pants and slippers in public, but I don't because I think it takes just as much time to put on regular pants and shoes, unless of course I am going to the gym! I choose to take the time and go thru the pain to make myself look better. Don't judge. Trust me, you don't want me coming in your office with no makeup, sweat pants and a ponytail.
My fashion style won't be guided by my pain and health, because that is MY choice. Just like, "Hey, what black shoes do I want to wear?" That's why I have so many pairs of black shoes!! Unfortunately, the 6" black patent numbers are gonna have to wait until I recover from my upcoming hip surgery.