Being on crutches has created a new outfit problem to solve each morning. Before hopping out the door in the morning, I need to consider the following:
- Does the outfit have pockets?
- Is it comfortable to move around in? (i.e. not to short or tight)
- Will these shoes stay on my feet all day and be comfortable for my right leg to hop around on?
- Does it make me happy and/or confident?
This outfit checks all four boxes, which is a big win for me.
Crutching can be exhausting, frustrating, and sometimes painful. Having these mental checkboxes reminds me to dress for comfort and efficiency, but I know it is equally important for me to be happy in the outfit too. When I’m happy with what I’m wearing, I’m usually more confident in myself and more resilient to the negative feelings the crutches can cause. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I choose to feel happy by putting on a good outfit for the day and keeping my head up. For 6 more weeks, I'll use style as a crutch for a small amount of happiness each day.