We are all ambassadors.
For whatever group we belong to, be that family or work, faith or hobby – we are its ambassadors.
That fact makes everyone uncomfortable. After all, no one wants to be on display all the time, and ambassadors are held to a very high standard. In the modern world, we tend to want to be “just us” – whatever that means. If nothing else, one is always an ambassador for oneself!
We’ve been trained by decades of entertainment in flickering blue screens, of seeing our representatives (of faith, city, country, etc) more often on those screens than in person to think of life-as-fishbowl. We are the observers, not the observed. We sit outside and watch… but we are not-to-be-seen. After all, if we’re not on camera, what we say or do is private – right? This has led us to vastly decreased standards of personal style – and an attitude of “don’t judge me”.
When you go out in public, you *are* seen. You’re seen by people who you might want to befriend, be employed by, or date. You’re seen by people who learn to think of your hobby by how you treat others. You represent your immediate family members – how many times have you heard the trope of being embarrassed by one’s mother?
And perhaps most of all, you are a representative of your faith. Faith is contentious in these times, and stereotypes abound. I’m a conservative Christian – what do you think of, when you hear those words? Do you think of someone who loves clothing, who loves beauty, who loves art? Probably not. But I am all of those things. And I know that I am an ambassador, whether or not I am adequate in the position, I have to walk it.
If thinking of yourself in these ways makes you uncomfortable – you’re human. If you’d like to get better at representing and you need “how-to”, please see my book, Wardrobe Communication. If you need a bit more “why” to get you off the couch and into your closet, my second book, Beauty Destroys the Beast will be out soon.
And as always, if you’d like a consultation, drop me a line – I’d love to work with you.