This second rule of mine, “don’t be squeaky clean”, can be taken both extremely literally and extremely figuratively.
Extremely literally? Well today, my coat is covered in fuzzies from an angora sweater I wore over the weekend. I love that sweater but I hate what it does to everything else. I mean, it’s a little embarrasing but it also gives me a really boring story to tell anyone that stops by my desk and asks what’s going on with my jacket today. In other words, according to my rule, I’m not letting it bother me. I’ll lint brush it tonight.*
Extremely figuratively? It’s all about embracing our humanity. We all have those moments where we say the most awkward thing ever, we swear during a job interview, we start to cry when someone says something really mean or really nice to us, we tell a terrible story to a large group of people, etc. etc. “Don’t be squeaky clean” means don’t be perfect. Learn the invalueable art of a great shoulder shrug, laughing at yourself, apologizing for the awkward moment, and moving on.
*I also broke my really nice Marc Jacobs bronzer, and have been using little chunks of it on my face for the last couple weeks. My makeup is a little uneven and my bathroom counter is definitely not squeaky clean, but I’m not letting that bother me either.