Wednesday, June 10, 2009

TBWCYL Day 160 - You're so vain, you probly think this post is about you

In case you aren't aware, dear reader, I am pretty good looking. I must be because I tell everyone how sexy I am and how lucky people are to be seen with me. So yesterday's task was pretty difficult for me to complete. In honor of Narcissus, I was to avoid looking in mirrors all day. If you aren't familiar with Narcissus, here is his story.

One day when Narcissus was out hunting stags, Echo stealthily followed the handsome youth through the woods, longing to address him but unable to speak first. When Narcissus finally heard footsteps and shouted "Who's there?", Echo answered "Who's there?" And so it went, until finally Echo showed herself and rushed to embrace the lovely youth. He pulled away from the nymph and vainly told her to leave him alone. Narcissus left Echo heartbroken and she spent the rest of her life in lonely glens, pining away for the love she never knew, until only her voice remained.

Nemisis heard this prayer and sent Narcissus his punishment. He came across a deep pool in a forest, from which he took a drink. As he did, he saw his reflection for the first time in his life and fell in love with the beautiful boy he was looking at, not realizing it was himself. Eventually, after pining away for a while, he realized that the image he saw in the pool was a reflection of himself. Realizing that he could not act upon this love, he tore at his dress and beat at his body, his life force draining out of him. As he died, the bodyless Echo came upon him and felt sorrow and pity. His soul was sent to "the darkest hell" and the narcissus flower grew where he died. It is said that Narcissus still keeps gazing on his image in the waters of the river Styx.

I took the mirror down over the sink to start the morning off correctly and had to wear glasses because I use a mirror to put my contacts in. I had to get dressed in our closet because we have a huge mirror hanging on the outside of the door and I guess I matched because Diana didn't say otherwise.

I encountered my first real issue involving driving. I turned the rear view mirror of the car down and didn't use it all day. However, I did have to use the side mirrors but I couldn't see myself in them so I count that as being successful. This was most annoying because I was constantly looking over my shoulder to make sure I wasn't getting pulled over.

I had a couple of interesting encounters in restrooms because of this task. One of the restrooms in our building has a huge mirror right over the toilet. As I used it, I kept my back turned to the mirror the entire time. As I washed my hands I kept my eyes down and avoided seeing my beautiful face.

I also had a separate occurrence where I went to a different bathroom and used a stall to avoid the mirror. There was a guy in there using one of the urinals and he hadn't left by the time I was done so instead of washing my hands I just left the bathroom. He came out and found me using the kitchen sink to wash my hands and said "I was thinking I would never be able to shake your hand again." I don't know if he wondered why I didn't wash my hands in the sink next to him but that is a mystery I won't get the answer to.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. I almost saw myself in a bar mirror but made sure to avoid my own gaze. I didn't want to get absorbed. I will say that as I was shaving this morning, using a mirror, that I missed seeing myself. Looking into my beautiful eyes in the rear view mirror was also a good way to start the morning.

That is all,


1 Ripples in the pond:

Girl Interrupted said...

*Derisive snort* :P