What’s in your “Bucket O’ Life”?

I’ve been watching Rachel Zoe lately.  For those of you who watch more intelligent television and don’t know who that is, The Rachel Zoe Project is a show on Bravo! that follows celebrity stylist Zoe on her adventures in dressing the rich and famous. It is incredibly shallow. Probably not as shallow as Jersey Shore (which is how I justify watching it), however, I would guess, if one were to sell all the dresses and shoes in Rachel Zoe’s showroom, they could feed an entire third world country with their profits.

Rachel Zoe gives drama a whole new meaning. When a piece of clothing goes missing on that show, it becomes a life-altering crisis. In one episode, it rains on the day of the Golden Globe Awards, and based on the emotions of Rachel and her staff, World War III may as well have started. She and her gay assistant shed tears and curse at the thought of Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway wearing their couture gowns with unsightly umbrellas over their heads, hair getting messed up, and water splashing everywhere. HOW DARE IT RAIN ON THE DAY OF THE GOLDEN GLOBES!!!

While watching her mental breakdown, a funny thing happened to me. I suddenly imagined a farmer, standing in a field somewhere, feeling that same rain on his face and thanking God for it. Yeah, my fanciful mind probably borrowed the image from that last scene in Shawshank Redemption when he finally makes it out of tunnel and feels the rain on his face.

But I think the point behind my thought digs a little deeper than borrowing images from famous movie scenes. Just because the rain was ruining some movie star’s hair, doesn’t mean the world is coming to an end.

Enjoying fashion and style as much as I do, it is very easy to get swept up in how “important” clothing is to having a happy life, even though it’s really REALLY not. It’s also surprisingly easy to actually care what Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway wore on the red carpet, despite how incredibly trivial it is in the grand scheme of things. Now, you know this not me saying that everyone should dress Amish and there should be no such thing as fashion. I believe creativity and personal style add some level of value to the world. That’s why I love it.

But I have a little message for Rachel Zoe and for you (and for myself): Take a walk in the mountains and breathe in fresh air and pine. Go on a picnic and look up at the clouds and see if they make any cool shapes. Go to the beach, run into the ocean, swim out past the waves and float there for a while. Go fishing and sit on a little boat for six hours without saying a single word. Pick a dandelion, make a wish, then blow all the fuzzes into the air. Watch the sun rise over a tranquil lake. Jump in a pile of crunchy leaves. And by all means, go outside when it’s raining and stomp in puddles.

If you do these things, you’ll realize that celebrities, style and even reality TV are just drops in the bucket of life. Don’t fill your bucket with too many insignificant things, or there won’t be any room left for what really matters.

~ Mir


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cristy
    Aug 17, 2010 @ 23:36:22

    Love this post ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Theresa
    Aug 18, 2010 @ 21:27:13

    Well said! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Sarah W.
    Aug 29, 2010 @ 20:17:27

    I heart Miriam Bernard, “And by all means, go outside when itโ€™s raining and stomp in puddles.”


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