I let go. I released my business/office attire to charity. Six blazers, four pairs of paints, two dresses, two blouses, three shells, one suit and one skirt no longer occupy my closet. They no longer hold me captive of a previous life.
I haven’t worked in an office on a regular basis for almost three years, yet, I held on to these clothes out of the fear of “what if.” What if I have an interview, a business meeting or get a job in an office. Living in the “what if” instead of the immediate was suffocating.
I needed to free up that part of my closet and close off the past. I no longer wanted to stare into my closet and see clothes that reminded me of a lifestyle, a job, a commute I no longer had to adhere to. And as I looked at my immediate future, a cubicle farm, a traditional office setting were no longer part of the picture, at least not on a regular basis.
Of course, I still know this could change on a dime, the burden of the “what if” was too heavy. I needed a release. I wanted to dress for the life I have today, a casual, sometimes work in your PJ’s type of work from home gig. The fear of “what if” was overdue for release, both from my closet and for my emotional well-being.
And because I’m still a be prepared-type of person, I didn’t go cold turkey, I still held onto two dresses (one summer, one fall), both purchased within the last year, that I can use to fill the gap when business dictates.