The 28 Day Challenge
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Day 27 - Change your image

Obviously there are many, many ways in which you can do this. For the purpose of this experiment, let's choose three areas of yourself which the outside world has contact with.

  • your style of dress;
  • Your style of writing;
  • Your style of greeting;
Today, being saturday, doesn't give me a great opportunity to try this out..however this is an area I do constantly play with, mainly from a dress and greeting point of view, though not so much in terms of writing style. I would say that the last month has affect my writing style to an extent. Where i would usually be jokey and brief, I've tended to pour out stuff in an often uncharacteristically serious and candid way. I don't tend to do that unless to somebody i know very well and even then it's often coloured by an ironic/jokey self effacing way. I suppose it might be something to do with not wanting to be too exposed. Anyway, as for dress and greeting, I will be going for total transform next saturday, which is when I will be in Amsterdam.
My photos express it more eloquently than words.
Day 27 - Change your image
1 How did you feel? when I wear something totally uncharacteristic i get a sense of freedom from my usual personality. It's as if there's a blank personality canvas that's waiting to be painted.
2 In what way did you find the challenge useful?
Remember even if the challenge was negative this is an excellent learning for yourself.
Wearing something that is uncharacteristic and in some cases unusual makes me aware of myself in a way that is different from my usual sense of self. To begin with other people reflect back your personna, so their reactions have a feedback affect, and it's a bit like dressing up as a kid, you do become someone else.
3 What insight did you gain? Apparently superficial things are more important than we realise.
4 What did you learn about yourself? I love to be someone else, if only briefly, because the manners, rules, customs that my usual self abides by, don't necessarily apply and i can experiment with other ways of relating and being.
The Clothes
The Greeting: Pull the chain to say hello