Friday, April 21, 2017 46 Comments
Can’t take fashion seriously?
(or maybe you take it TOO seriously?)
Let’s ALL laugh the whole thing off
© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
from the Brain-Based and Friday Funnies Series
Quick Review before we get to the Funnies
Today is Jodie’s last installment of our collaboration exploring fashion as a “change agent.” So before I send you over to A Touch of Style to finish up the series and read my closing observations, I want to review the point of fashion week before I inspire everybody to exit with a chuckle or two.
Don’t skip this review – it’s vital to everyone who wants to spend his or her “golden years” having fun rather than merely waiting for the inevitable.
Epigenetics and Fashion Week?
In Making Friends with CHANGE, posted a week ago today, I briefly underscored the miracle of lifetime neuroplasticity — that the brain can change its structure and its function throughout our lifespan, depending on what we do with it.
We’re not stuck with – or blessed with – a lifetime contract on the brain we had when we were born.
Here’s the Good News
Gene expression is dependent upon our environment, the actions to which we commit ourselves, and even upon what we think and imagine.
The genes that shaped our brain in utero are literally capable of being turned on or off in reaction to how we respond to the targets of our focus, actually “rewiring” the brain we were born with with every new and different experience.
Changing anything is healthy-brain-aging friendly.
Change forces the brain to create new “roads” it can use when its usual pathway is damaged by any one of a number of things: stroke, concussion, medication, chronic stress – whatever.
If we change and grow as we go through life, our brain rewards us by creating new connections that will serve us well as we age.
Here’s the bad news: it works both ways
If we allow ourselves to stagnate, comfortable in our same ole’/same ole’ ways, we merely deepen the grooves of those same ole’/same ole’ pathways.
That’s GREAT for habit creation to handle those nattering Treadmill Tasks (distraction insurance that releases cognitive bandwidth for more important endeavors), but not a great strategy for brain-health overall.
For most of us, doing what we’ve always done is a recipe for functional backsliding called “age-related cognitive decline“ – unless we are very, very lucky.
But in order to experience the benefits of brain-change, we must actually CHANGE what we ask it to do, with activities like:
- studying something completely new to us
- learning a new language
- practicing a new musical instrument
- exploring a new environment
- taking up a brand new & challenging hobby
WARNING: if we don’t keep it up, the pathways created by our brain-healthy changes actually atrophy and die from disuse.
So, just like physical exercise, it’s important to pick something we actually enjoy to keep us motivated to keep it up — so we keep on making friends with new changes.
Making friends with CHANGE as we change our clothes
Jodie and I decided it would be fun to put our heads together to see if we could come up with a week’s worth of challenges specifically designed to shake things up, forcing change to our SELF-images on the way to helping us become more “change-friendly” overall.
As I commented in Jodie’s first post of this 3-part series . . .
Not only have researchers begun to discover the importance of “play” to healthy brain development and continued health, any time we spend making friends with change is what is called “neuro-protective.”
Together we explored how playing with what we choose to wear – recombining items we already own or adding something inexpensive to alter the look – can be a terrific way of making friends with change.
Stay tuned for more about change and healthy brain aging – including tips, techniques and work arounds. Meanwhile . . .
I’ve left you links to all three of Jodie’s posts at the bottom of the funnies, so be sure to pop over to see how three different challenges were interpreted by three different “real person” models representing three different decades — along with some additional comments from me to underscore the brain- benefits.
AND NOW for some fashion-related humor TODAY . . .
How many of the situations below make YOU nod your head
(or shake it)?
YOU PLAY TOO
If you have something on your website or blog that relates to the theme, especially if it’s humorous, please feel free to leave a link in a comment. (Keep it to one link per comment or you’ll be auto-spammed, but multiple comments are just fine and most welcome).