While I strayed away from many wedding traditions (I did not wear a veil. I used paper flowers. My husband and I ate the rest of our wedding cake in the two days before we flew to Malaysia), I did manage to get all four items in for "good luck." Confession: I left out the silver sixpence in my shoe. That did not seem comfortable.
Something Old: My Shoes
I did not want to shop for wedding shoes. I do not like the stress of shopping, especially for something important. Buying my wedding dress
was scary enough. I kept procrastinating with my shoes until the only thing I could do was raid my closet. I pulled out my trusted silver shoes. I purchased these shoes (on sale) for my 10th grade homecoming dance. They took me to almost every single high school dance and formal event afterwards. If I was wearing a dress, I was probably wearing these heels.
I have a high level of comfort and familiarity with them. I know how to walk in them. I know how they behave. I also know they are falling apart. It will be a sad day when I have to finally retire these trusted silver shoes.
Something New: My Dress
This might count as cheating, but my wedding dress was brand new! Although my experience at David's Bridal
was far from ideal, I did absolutely love my wedding dress. It was so beautiful. And comfortable. Comfort was very important to me.
Something Borrowed: My Jewelry
I also did not want to go shopping for wedding jewelry. That seemed a little too stressful. Instead of raiding my closet like I did for my shoes, I raided my mom's collection. I am very fortunate in the fact that my mom has amazing tastes and I have been "borrowing" things from her for as long as I can remember. I wore her necklace and earrings and then returned them to her possession before I left the country.
Something Blue: My Hope Bracelet
I wear a few pieces of jewelry that I never remove. One of them is my medical alert bracelet
. Another is a small blue awareness bracelet from Etsy
. The light blue represents Adrenal Insufficiency. The awareness ribbon has the word "hope"
written on it. I also added two small spoons
as a reminder that my energy is limited
and I should use it wisely.
I am diseased for life. There is no cure for Adrenal Insufficiency. I will never out grow this
, never move past this
, and it could kill me
very quickly if it ever spirals out of control. But that does not
mean I should give up hope. This explains more of my passionate fight to be Clearly Alive
I proudly wore my blue bracelet on my wedding day. I had a few extra spoons at my wrist, the word "hope" written on the awareness ribbon, and a blue heart reminding me how loved I am. March 1st, 2014
was absolutely amazing. But that is just a start of a more amazing adventure filled life that will never ever stop fighting to be Clearly Alive.