I used to be proud of the fact that I didn’t own a single pair of sweatpants (and no sneakers and very few t-shirts), But one day, the allure overcame me.
The gray ones
They were very soft and they were on sale. I thought to myself, “you’re too old to work out in pajamas anymore.” I picked up the soft gray sweatpants and tossed them into my cart. When I got home I put them in the wash and forgot about them for a while. And then I thought I might go for a run. But instead, I just felt comfortable forever.
The first time out in public
Having always been the type of girl who wants to look put together in public, I can safely say that I had never worn sweatpants while out running errands. But the soft gray ones were so comfortable that I thought, “why not?” as I head out to the grocery store. At first, I felt like people would be looking at me, but as I passed through the rows of red onions and carrots, I realized that no one was looking at me funny, or even really looking at me at all.
So now, not only do I own several different pairs of sweatpants, but I wear them out in public with glee. This is because I am more confident. While I have made lots of different types of effort to feel more confident, the first time in public with sweatpants on taught me a valuable lesson that make-up and working out didn’t. I was judging myself more harshly that anyone else was going to. Sure, I can make effort to look nice when I go out of the house, and most of the time I do. But learning to forgive myself for the few days where I’m busy, and I want to be comfortable, taught me that my appearance didn’t matter to the people in the grocery store. I was the only person it mattered to. And I thought I looked good in those soft gray sweatpants.