There is slow fashion and slow design, so why not add slow aging? Something like being present in the now but with an appreciation for the past and lessons learned. The point is not to stop the process of aging, but to embrace the idea of an accumulated wisdom, and do it with style.
According to Google, vintage is defined as, “the year or place in which wine, especially wine of high quality, was produced.” I appreciate vintage-y things, and aging gracefully is on the agenda! Perhaps I can age like a vintage wine: wiser, better, and more sophisticated, with subtle notes of chocolate. All things to celebrate!
The story in the Washington Post of a thoughtful bride that splurged on her dream wedding dress is inspiring! Rather than keep the dress preserved in a box, she gifted it to another bride, paying it forward.
I pulled out the photos of my own wedding, thinking….. Would anyone want to wear this old dress? I adore it! Why let it just sit there in the box? 25 years later, it’s gone vintage. It’s not the dress that’s special, it’s the marriage.
Every day is a gift, so what not pay it forward?
Maybe it only takes a daily compliment or coffee for a stranger to lift their spirits. One little act at a time helps me stay present in the now and to slow down.
Speaking of which, is there a bride out there who wants this old dress?
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