A few years ago I decided to tell someone every day that they looked nice.
Usually it is just around the office or at school pickup when I see that someone has made particular effort (VERY fucking hard some days) or an outfit is just damn cute on them.
Some days, when I am feeling bold, or someone is just looking too damn fabulous, I will approach a stranger.
I have NEVER had a negative response.
Sometimes the recipient, usually a stranger, will be a tad hostile when I approach them. Which I can’t blame them really when some random chick just taps them on the shoulder in the middle of the food court, but as soon as the words ‘I just wanted to let you know that you look gorgeous/fabulous/really nice today’ come out of my mouth they are ALWAYS smiling.
Probably cause I am not one of those English backpackers that roam food courts trying to sell them something.
This all stemmed from one day when I was not feeling so fabulous.
I had had a hard day at work and Boo had a hard day at school.
The Damn Emos were being, well, Damn Fucking Emos and MPS was just coming out of a deep pit of depression and gone back to school.
I was standing out the front of a store, Boo inside the car doing his best imitation of Taz from Disney and I was wondering what I was going to do about Christmas, when a woman walked past.
She doubled back and touched me on the arm. I can only imagine the pained look on my face expecting her to mention the wild banshee locked in the back of my car, when she looked me in the eye and said she just had to let me know that I looked really lovely.
I will never forget that day. Such a random encounter changed my entire day. Made me smile and just feel noticed I guess.
And I decided to make sure that if I saw someone looking fabulous I should let them know.
Cause everyone likes a bit of an ego boost sometimes. A bit of recognition for putting a little effort in.
For not wearing fucking crocs or a shirt that came free with a slab of beer.
Do me a favour, go out and tell someone that they look nice today and come back here and let me know what happened.
I bet it will brighten someones day and make you feel good to boot.