Thursday, October 12, 2017

My Makeup Storage/Setup After Hurricane Harvey: What I Saved

I have been hesitant to write about my Hurricane Harvey experience because of fear of judgement and ridicule from others, although I usually don't care about what other's think of me. Wasting time worrying about other's perception of me, is a poor execution of my time. I lack interest in other's judgment because it doesn’t define who I am or how I behave and it doesn't speak to my personal story. Judgement is something reserve for those who are ignorant to circumstances and lack the capacity for empathy. I try not to be judgmental. It’s not attractive and it diminishes the capacity to relate to others. With that being said, on August 27th around 5:00 am, the lights in apartment 436 at the Brompton Court Apartments went out, and within 5 minutes, I felt water under the bottom of my feet. The first words that came out of my mouth were, “Oh shit, my stuff”! I began to grab things that were on the floor, in particular my laptop, camera equipment, and important documents and threw them on my bed. My bed sat up on risers, which provided an additional 6-8 inches off the ground. Next, I began to pull all of my beauty and skin care products out of the drawer and line them up on my bed. In the moment, I decided that anything I considered drugstore or affordable would have to be a loss, but I saved all of my high end & luxury makeup including foundations, blushes, highlighters, eyeshadows, & lip products. Over the course of three and a half days, I rescued 90% of my skin care and beauty collection which rested atop my mattress as the flood water grazed the bottom of the pillow top. When I evacuated from the complex, I left with my makeup collection, and came back two days later for my other things. Sounds crazy, right? Why the hell would you rescue your makeup and not your television or your clothes? Why would you come back two days later and get your other things? Why would you choose makeup over your electronics? A lot of people asked me questions like these, and I understand why. We each have a perception of what we consider valuable. As humans, particularly as first world consumers, we assign a value, which may not necessarily but monetary, but rather emotional, to everything that we own. I have been freelance writing and blogging for a while now, and I have proudly devoted and invest time, money, and energy into creating a substantial beauty and skin care collection. I assign great value to my collection based on monetary worth, emotional attachment as a source of creative outlet for me personally, and the uniqueness and variety that is expressed in my collection.