I like to think of myself as not “typically” vain (i.e. not vain about my appearance). In all honestly, it’s mostly because I’m quite lazy:
I always choose clothes for comfort over style (in fact, I don’t own a single button-down shirt, because it’s too much trouble to actually button them, and I certainly never tuck anything in, or wear skirts); I don’t worry about bad haircuts (the most recent of which was last month, and I might officially say that it was the worst haircut I’ve ever had) because I know it will always grow out; I haven’t worn any make-up since high school (with one or two very specific exceptions: my own wedding, other people’s weddings and halloween);
(so vain about my wedding that I can’t resist including a picture)
I have never in my life blow-dried my hair (although, when I was a cheerleader in high school (boy, I wish I had a picture of those days here in KL!), I occasionally curled it with a curling iron); I have never worn high-heels (well, one time, when I was an intern at the UNPO in Washington, DC, I wore these great high heels on the day we were campaigning on the Hill. I was able to walk over to the senate building, but by the time we were walking back to the office, which is right across the street, I had to actually remove my shoes and walk in my stockings (oh my! I guess that was the last time I wore stockings too!) because I could no longer stand the pain), I even wore flip-flops at my own wedding;
and I’ve long since given up on contact lenses in favor of glasses (not that glasses can’t be cool or trendy, and I quite like mine).
But, I do think I’m vain about other things. Mostly about being smart and traveling/living abroad.
I’ll start with smarts: I feel very fortunate to be in a career which encourages constant development and continued education since these are the things I value most highly. I like to be the person that is always “taking another class” or “busy with reading.” I am truly enjoying my professional blogging and spending all my free time reading what other educators have to say about technology. I always say I want to write a book, or at least publish a few articles. I’m constantly sending out e-mails to my colleagues sharing what I have set up to help them integrate technology (most recently I’ve compiled a massive wiki with tons of links to resources I’ve found for each subject area). I like to be the one in my department that’s always coming up with new ideas and implementing them with like-minded teachers. I like to pass on interesting opportunities to students and colleagues, and definitely share new tools I find with my headmaster and principal. I love being a tech geek, and I love it even more when other people appreciate that about me.
In terms of traveling, I love living abroad. I love the fact that I can move to any country in the world every two years and still get to do the same job and earn around the same salary. I love the experiences I have every single day living in another country. I love the challenges and the struggles. For some reason, I feel like I need these struggles to keep life interesting. Maybe that’s because I’m not interesting enough on my own, or maybe it’s because I’m easily bored. But, it’s definitely something that I think makes me interesting (which also happens to make me vain). I like having something special about myself, that in reality, in day-to-day life, isn’t actually all that special. My life in KL is pretty similar to what my life would be like in the US, except for the fact that it’s pretty normal for me to be going to Bali next week, Vietnam at Christmas, and Thailand in April. I happen to think that’s pretty cool.
In what ways are you vain?