After my sophomore year of college I decided it was time for a change, and I took off exploring around the country. I traveled around for a bit, but I soon settled as a volunteer at a meditation center in Georgia. For a year I lived off a backpack full of clothes and the essentials provided by the center. As you may be able to tell, my sweats had a bit of a rough time, due to odd jobs of landscaping and construction. After the end of the year I had made a few mistakes and picked up a few tricks.. In this article I am going to share a few of them with you:
<—–Me on the left with another mediator. About eight months into my bare essentials volunteering.
- Clothes: Grab your nicest clothes and declare them special occasion clothes. I made the mistake of wearing everything anywhere, and my clothes looked awful. Also, It’s super easy to stop by a thrift store and pick up a new shirt and pants for 2 or 3 dollars.
- Hairstyle: I would recommend keeping your hair short with a pair of clippers. My favorite cut was an easy 3 all the way around. You can get a little more complex if you have a willing friend.
- Facial Hair: Take out those trusty clippers again. My favorite routine involved trimming down my beard to stubble weekly and letting it grow out. Not only does it look manly, but it’s easy as pie.
- Hair & Body Wash: Just go at everything with some Dr. Bronners. It’s inexpensive, it smells great and you don’t have to worry about any crazy chemicals. Wash your feet!
- Nails: Please clip your toes and fingers clipped and clean.
- Deodorant: I actually never wore deodorant. Before you get all worrisome, I was eating a super clean vegetarian diet. Diet seems to have a big effect on body odor, so follow this advice with caution.
For those of you thinking, well I’m a hippy I don’t need to look/smell good, think again. No matter what culture you are in, appearance will always be important. I know this is a hard thing to grasp for some. I was always rebellious against spending time or money on my appearance, yet I always seemed to fall for the cute well groomed girls. Funny how that works. Appearance gives hints to your mental health and living situation at a moment’s glance, so it is and always will have its place in society.