The calendar shows that spring has arrived, but Mother Nature is still pounding the northeastern U.S. with rain. Even though everything is wet and squishy….May is charity season for many of the non-profit organizations in Pittsburgh.
On Saturday, I was invited to the Pittsburgh Park Conservancy’s Spring Hat Luncheon.
There was one requirement of all guests…to wear a hat.
I’m not even close to calling myself a socialite, but it was fun to dress up for an afternoon and attend a fancy outing. I found a vintage hat from the 1930’s in my parents’ attic. Imagine THIS flower madness sitting on top of my head…
The table settings were garden-themed….
Gift bags were a nice touch…and a very good distraction from the fact that everyone was sinking into the muddy lawn. Squish, squish, squish…
My favorite part was the desert. So artistic. The little cake looked just like a hat!
Two hours later… it was over. I drove home and happily changed back into sweatpants.
To tell the truth, being in elite, formal environments is one of my least favorite social activities. I think it comes from growing up in a middle-class family and having the mindset of…I should be the person waiting the tables, not the person on the guest list.
If you tend to get uncomfortable in certain social situations, one of the best ways to overcome the anxiety and widen your comfort zone is to keep putting yourself out there…a little at a time. Keep in mind that the environment doesn’t change YOU. Being comfortable in your own skin is the key to fitting in, wherever you go.
It’s not about the hat. It’s about the person underneath its brim.
Raise up your virtual glass with me, my friends. Cheers!
Do you feel at ease in different social environments? Do you ever feel uncomfortable?
Blogging Schedule: Since you asked…this spring and summer, I plan to post twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. There are some exciting things in store over the next few months, so I do hope that you’ll continue to follow along!