Emotion and Perception: Austin Outfit Photos+Some Positive Thinking
You know what I love? Well, okay, many things, but for this post, what I love is the way that emotion changes perception. In these photos I know that I look pale, puffy, and exhausted. When Merl took these outfit shots I had slept about 48 hours in two weeks (not an exaggeration), thanks to multiple finals that were written and/or studied for before and during the conference. Between school, work, road trips, and TxSCC, who has time for sleep? Add in an unnecessary amount of winter weight and super pasty skin (thanks, Chicago), plus major wind and general lack of familiarity with others taking my photos and…well, not my finest hour. All the stress shows on my face and in my body.
And yet, that’s not really what I see when I look at these pictures. Instead, I remember the hilarity of trying to avoid bikers and runners and windstorms just to get a decent shot. I remember Merl’s generosity in spending her time snapping photos of us all, when she could’ve been bonding with other people. I remember the overall surprise and pleasure at meeting so many genuinely wonderful people. I might not look my best, but I felt spectacular. Isn’t it fantastic when that happens? Note to self: positive association over criticism=good.
PS: I promise, this is my last post about TxSCC. Really, no more.