Then I pushed her into the deep end of the pool.
I participated in "crazy hair day" at work. This is noteworthy (no really, it is) for two reasons:
1) My hair has long been a source of shame.
2) I've always assumed that Unnoticed = Acceptable, and Conspicuous = Unacceptable.
But I'm debunking these myths.
It was "youth week" at work so we dressed up and decorated for a number of themes to make banking fun! And hip! I didn't participate in Sports Day (no jersey), or Clash Day (didn't have the guts to purposely dress tacky) or Rock Star Day (required knowledge of popular culture, of which I have none).
Crazy hair day I could do. I wasn't the only one. And I got more smiles and thumbs up and praise than I ever have. HA!!! Take that, insecurity! It was my attitude and participation that mattered more than feeling classy.
It was good confidence training to walk into the lobby looking like a Teletubby, greet my clients, and assist them with their financial needs (new safe deposit box, loan application, potential fraud). I wanted to laugh at myself to ease my own discomfort, but I carried on with business as usual.
It felt good to not give a damn.