I was invited to a themed 40th birthday party. The theme was Hollywood
That day, I visited the local op shop and found a fabulous
dress. It was red velvet with a fur trim across the front. It was floor length,
with shoe string straps. I bought a cheap blonde wig at the $2 shop and was all
set. As I put the dress on at home, I realised it had a slit at the back that
went very high.
I looked over my shoulder at the mirror. Did I dare? I
I was out of my comfort zone, but everyone else would be as
That night, as I arrived and my taxi pulled away, I saw two people
get out of a car and head in to the party house. They were in jeans and
flannelette shirts. I made a quick joke, pointing out they hadn’t dressed up.
“She changed her mind. It’s not dress up anymore,” they said.
up. My taxi was still visible, but it was too late. Truth was, I was a long way
I was going in.
As I walked down the side of the house,
two people who were dressed up in the Hollywood Glamour theme were leaving. I
was happy to see them, but where were they going? They said they lived nearby
and were heading home to change.
I got to the back
yard. Yes, the dress code was pretty much jeans and flannelette
Now, this was not a party where I knew many people. I realised in
those seconds that this could be the most excruciating night of my life or a lot
of fun. That was up to me.
I decided it would be fun.
inside the house to find my host. I was greeted by conversations stopping and
stares. I took a big breath and called out to everyone, “Didn’t you get the
memo? It’s a dress up party!” The ice was broken and I could laugh and
Sometimes the very thing we fear, is the very thing we need to say
Here’s to living dangerously.
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