How many times a day do you look in the mirror? And when you do, do you like what you see?
If you drink a lot of tea or coffee or wash your hands a lot or brush your teeth after every meal, you have no choice but to see yourself in the mirror about a dozen times a day. What's interesting is how your impression of your appearance can change all day long.
As an experiment, I recorded how I thought I looked through one weekend day:
6:30 am: Well, I still have hair and teeth
9:30 am: I look horrible--tired
10 am: Pretty bad, mas o menos
10:30 am: Dressed, make-up--better
Around 4 pm: Glimpse--ok
5:30 pm: After exercise--much better!
7 pm: Eyes a bit red but look ok
10:30 pm: Tired but ok
11:15 pm: Before bed: I look like pure hell again
What I've learned: that I notice different features (forehead, eyes, hair) at different times of day. I'm most critical in the morning. The morning might also be when I'm most objective.
In general, my appearance probably doesn't change much; it's just my perception of it that does.
I've also learned once was enough for this experiment. Life is better not looking in the mirror or at least not thinking too hard about what you see there.
You there. Someone else,
Some otherness toed for danger,
who are you? Mother, you are
not, nor child, nor lady yet as excellent
as your dreaming. Great stranger,
old accuser, last and only hater,
love is your saver. Alien of the clean
glass, we speak mornings and evenings
carefully casual, eternally
the other's leaner. But always
our eyes go strange rather than recognize
a dangerous truth. Our safety
is our separation.
by Jeannette Nichols