The monster in the wardrobe.

4 Jun 2013

A quick message from The Moodscope Team: Apologies if you haven't been receiving your Moodscope emails. We have had a technical problem which has now been resolved. Yesterday's blog from Rob will be repeated tomorrow just in case you missed it. Now over to Mary for today's posting...

When you were young, did you have a monster under your bed? I did.

I remember the absolute necessity of making a flying leap from the threshold of my bedroom onto my bed so that the monster couldn't get me. Then of course, I would get into trouble for "bouncing on the bed". My mother never did know about the monster, because I never told her. I think for many children, their monsters are not for sharing.

Once we are grown, the monster moves. And he gets cleverer. For many of us, he moves into our wardrobes or closets. As my business equips people with weapons for fighting this monster, I know quite a lot about them. How will you know if you have one?

Well, if every time you open your closet to get dressed in the morning you feel negative emotions: confusion, frustration, doubt, even despair, that's him! Told you he'd got cleverer; you didn't even know he was still there until now, did you?

The good news is that, once you know you've got him, he's easily dealt with. You see, he can only live in clothes you don't like. If you only have clothes that you like and feel good in, then there's no food for all that negativity. And you know how good it makes you feel when you have a really thorough turn-out.

Get a good friend to help you. If you're a chap this applies to you too, although you may wish to ask a female friend to help. Apparently asking another bloke for help in this area is not the done thing outside the Gay community, although I've never understood why!

What if you feel you'd be left with nothing to wear if you did that? Just knowing the monster exists makes him easier to deal with. Make yourself a promise that from now on you will only add clothes to your wardrobe that you do like. Have only what you know to be useful or believe to be beautiful. Get rid of as much as you can.

It's far better to have a minimalist wardrobe you feel good about, than lots of clothes with space for that nasty beast to hide.

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June 5, 2013, 6:08 a.m.

What a great post from Mary thank you, I can relate to the monster mine was on the bedroom door where my dad use to hang his overcoat, for those old enough to remember overcoats were used for extra bedding in the winter. and most of my clothes are black and dark colours sort of sums me up. will ask my wife to help to modernise me. Thanks again Mary. Paul



June 5, 2013, 7:03 a.m.

What a great post! I like the way your mind works, Mary & look forward to hearing more from you. Thanks for the thought :o)



June 5, 2013, 7:16 a.m.

what an interesting post... actually it has got me thinking beyond the wardrobe, and where my monsters may lurk - like Mary, I knew monsters well as a child, but for me, it hid in the boiler room at (unfortunately next to the cloakrooms, so unavoidable) and was truly terrifying. I can remember it so well, the sheer panic of having to walk past it with all its clanking and hissing. so where have my monsters gone now? I know they exist in my flat but hard to pin down. Not sure they are in my wardrobe (though thanks Mary for prompting me to have that long planned clear-out, I've far too many clothes, and can't throw away a few precious ones of my parents either) but i know its here somewhere. There are days when it lies low (eg. yesterday, a "good" day) but today, I'm feeling out of kilter and agitated, and its as if there is indeed a wild animal on the prowl. I am in danger of muddling my metaphors here - monsters, wild animals, whatever form they take in my imagination, its a useful distancing tool. Rather than fusing with the feelings I can step back and address them playfully - Come out! show yourself! Fed up with the boiler room eh? Thought you'd move in here? - And yes, maybe i'll even have a peek in my wardrobe :)



June 5, 2013, 7:38 a.m.

Your writing Victoire never suggests you are having bad day. You express yourself so well every time you post. I suppose this just goes to show that it's how we each feel on any one day and not how others perceive us, that we latch onto. Anyway thank you both Mary and Victoire for your amusing post/blog today. You made me laugh Mary. I wasn't sure where your blog was taking us but I think you are just sticking to a turn out of our wardrobes which will get rid of the monster. Talking of clothes...ah a happy subject..I wear different clothes in different moods. I am so much more adventurous and dramatic in what I wear on a good day. On low days, I play safe.



June 5, 2013, 10:14 a.m.

Thanks for this - and just the message again fullstop. I missed them the last few days - and was surprised by how much I did miss the moodscope presence in my inbox! I never thought of "monsters" in this way before. I just loved how playful this was - and yes it made me laugh too! I think mine lurk under my bed... But now I can go exploring and hunt them out... maybe with a camera rather than a gun though... and go all naturalist on them and learn more about their habitats and habits.



June 5, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Hi Julia. Snap! Me too, you can tell my mood from what i'm wearing, less intentional than due to low energy I think... having said that, i'm wearing pink today, which for a not-such-good day is odd but then maybe there's the argument that its cheered me up, as I am feeling a little lighter in spirit. Kind of you to say what you do about me, thank you, I shall endeavour to take it as a compliment and not shrug it off as I often do when someone says something nice (as if they must have it wrong!).


Marilyn H

June 5, 2013, 11:32 a.m.

I like the "life lesson" included in this post. A few years ago a fire upstairs in my house wiped out all my clothes, shoes, and other possessions when it roared through my bedroom and bathroom. Ever since then I have never "saved anything for best" - I wear my favourite clothes, perfume and make up everyday, even if some people think I'm dressed for a night out. We are here once and now I can't even understand why I had dresses I'd save for a special occassion or I'd wear cheap perfume for day and only wear my expensive ones at weekends. My monster went up in flames when the timer on my boiler started a fire from faulty electrics...goodbye Monster, hello better life. I'm typing this wearing Coco Chanel, my favourite high heels, and my £20 lipstick....why save it for best when my best is today and everyday? x



June 5, 2013, 11:55 a.m.

Great, easy to remember analogy. Cleaning my closet this week!



June 5, 2013, 10:34 p.m.

When I was very small I shared a room with my younger sister who was even smaller than I was. One evening as we were drifting off to sleep, she suddenly let out an ear shattering scream, and our mother rushed in to find out what the trouble was. Apparently, as we found out afterwards, she was lying there, trying to get to sleep, when she became convinced that there was a monster under her bed. She thought that she could hear stealthy movement, and then deep breathing. The final straw was when something cold and slimy touched her hand... It was our dog, which that night had unusually gone to sleep under her bed. It had woken up and sniffed her hand in the dark.



June 6, 2013, 7:04 a.m.

Jim, your poor sister! what a horrible shock.. after this, i'm sure the monster under the bed remained all too real for her, and I bet she checked each night (or got someone else to!).


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