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I regularly stand in front of my wardrobe and tell myself that I’ve got absolutely nothing to wear. But my wardrobe is full. What’s going on?

In the last year, I’ve thrown away lots of clothes which don’t fit and have bought some new clothes. In fact, for my 50th birthday last year, my family set up a monthly allowance for me to spend each month on clothes. Perhaps it would be a few small things, or one statement piece each month. The idea being to help me clothe, and show off, the new slimmer me. A truly lovely birthday gift.

So, like Barbie, I stand in front of my wardrobe and lament that somehow it’s empty. But it isn’t really. It’s full of clothes. BUT quite a few of the new ones are clothes which I somehow think are special. So I don’t wear them. I’m saving them for a special occasion. In one case, I’d saved a garment for so long that I never wore it, and it’s now too big. So it went straight on eBay. What a waste of money!

The same is true when you buy a bottle of wine and save it for a special occasion. You might save it for years and years, waiting for that moment. And when it arrives, you open the wine and taste it, and it’s revolting. Because it was a wine for drinking young rather than laying down. And it’s just gone off!

What’s the point of having something to celebrate and never choosing to do it?

The moral of the story here is to seize the moment every day, and celebrate what’s special in your life. Whether it’s a new top or a lovely bottle of wine. 

“Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie.  Don’t save it for a special occasion; today is special.”