Free your body
“Did you get a gym membership?” the saleswoman at Dunham Sporting Goods asked as she rung up the armload of sale-priced activewear I dumped on the counter.
“No,” I said. “I need new work clothes. I’m a writer.”
Free your body, and your mind will follow, I say. I don’t mean writers should write in the nude, but we have to be comfy.
When I was a girl, my mother wore what was called a housedress to work at home. It was a simple cotton shift with snaps down the front and pockets to carry tissues and loose change found behind couch cushions when cleaning. She’d never wear such a dress outside the house, not even to dash to the supermarket, and she’d change before my father came home from work. These humble dresses were her uniform.
Activewear or Lazywear?
I think what’s called activewear or athletic is the perfect uniform for writers, although activewear isn’t exactly cheap these days. In “How Much Will This Poem Cost Me,” writer Denise Duhamel laments the high cost of sweat pants “which used to be cheaper before everyone started getting into fitness.”
The flip side is now that everyone is into fitness, I can wear my work clothes out and about and it will look as if I’ve just been to the gym!
Actually I’m just to comfortable to change, but don’t call me lazy. I’ve been hard at work writing.
Linda K. Sienkiewicz is the award-winning author of In the Context of Love
Angelica Schirrick had always suspected there was something deeply disturbing about her family, but the truth was more than she bargained for.
“Linda K. Sienkiewicz’s powerful and richly detailed debut novel is at once a love story, a cautionary tale, and an inspirational journey.” ~ Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of National Book Award Finalist, American Salvage, and critically acclaimed Once Upon a River, and Mothers, Tell Your Daughters