6 Perfect Halloween Costumes To Reclaim Your Power
Halloween is right around the corner. Sure, you could go as the usual suspects — pirates and vampires — but why not do something different this year? Instead of disguising yourself as someone else, grab the opportunity to break out of an old pattern and express your true spooktacular self.
Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t answer our life callings and go after our heartfelt dreams because we’re scared. What if we crash and burn?
Psychologist Rollo May said, “The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice, it’s conformity.” So having courage means being true to ourselves. But wouldn’t we all just run amuck then?
What if being authentic meant we still went to work only we earned money doing things we really love? And we got to hang out with people we honestly like? That doesn’t seem so scary, does it? But you’ll never know for certain unless you try.
You were born with a unique creative gift that no one else in the world can express like you. Your innate skills and passions are your superpowers. But when you’re forced to conform to someone else’s idea of who you should be, it suppresses your genius. Like Dorothy, you’ve always had the power. You just don’t know it yet!
Here are six mindful costume ideas to help you take your power back.
Do the opposite.
I was raised to be a sweet southern belle and bent over backward to be nice no matter how crappy I really felt. Then I dressed up as a cranky old witch one Halloween. It felt liberating and empowering to express the frustration I’d squashed for so long (without hurting anyone in the process). The same could be true for you. If you’re a perfectionist, embrace your inner slob. If you’re shy, try on a big personality like Elvis.
Amp up your abilities.
Mary regularly dons costumes of female warriors such as Xena, Katniss Everdeen, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer to keep her mojo going as she climbs the corporate ladder. Lea, a bashful songstress, transforms into Janis Joplin — complete with round sunglasses and fringe jacket — to bolster her confidence to sing. Experiment with enhancing your natural gifts.
Dress up as someone you admire.
Choose a superhero such as Wonder Woman or Iron Man, or go as a real hero such as Nelson Mandela or Mother Theresa. You’ll recognize their positive qualities in yourself when you act the part.
Heal old wounds.
Be the person you really wanted to be growing up, not who your parents or teachers told you to be. According to vulnerability researcher Brené Brown, 42% of kids are shamed away from pursuing some form of creative expression in school. If you dreamed of becoming a famous actor or a world-renown violinist, now’s your chance to try it out.
Express your passions.
If you like supporting people, be a cheerleader. Fascinated by hockey? Go as a goalie. I help people reinvent themselves so this year I’m going as a cat. I love the idea of having nine lives.
Crank up your creativity.
We were all creative as children. The good news is that it’s possible to reawaken your dormant imagination. Go as an Xbox or a blender. Take concepts that don’t normally go together and mix them up. Be Jules Verne playing electric guitar in a punk rock band. Have fun with it!
You may experience a jolt of energy that lasts for days after Halloween ends. Who knows? This little costume experiment could be the kick in the pants you need to start leading the life you genuinely want all year round. Happy Halloween, everyone!
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