We all have those friends who are stuck in the past. No matter your age bracket, you have at least one. This is just a fact of life, humanity and an obsessive style from the past that has dug its fingertips firmly into a particular person. It won’t let go, it’s hanging on for dear life, and dammit, this style is similar to a plague that can’t be run out of town!
It’s a style that wants to be remembered, refuses to be forgotten and if it means infiltrating the life of someone who would have otherwise escaped it, then so be it. Stale style is worse than a mold; you cannot buy a spray for it to put it out of its misery. No. Unfortunately, you have to face it head on with words. People need words; mold isn’t as complicated.
Although there are those who rock a style from another era and do so perfectly, there are others who just haven’t kept up with the times. Whether it’s a lack of awareness or simply not caring, it’s those people who need the most help.
So how do you tell your friend that 1999 is long gone? Gently, of course, and with some other techniques that will drive home the point. If she understands what you’re trying to say, but is content in her passé look, then at least you tried, at least she’s happy and you can move on to something more important – like maybe saving the world of judgmental people like you and I.
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