Now that Valentine’s Day has come and gone, the one big event most young teenagers have on their minds is 2nd semester final exams.
Haha. I got you with that one.
I was referring to prom, actually. That big dance that you can expect to result in a dramatic tragedy of some kind, usually with all of the females clustered in the bathroom with tears running down their face, dabbing tissues at their cheeks to prevent their running mascara from sticking to their carefully applied foundation. Someone’s going to be upset. Couples are going to break up and new couples are going to get together. Hormones are raging high and the emotional turmoil is dire. A lot of preparations went into this day, and the let down of how crappy prom really is can be emotionally devastating for a lot of 16-and-17-year-olds.
Now that I’ve made it sound like a horror movie starring Jamie Lee Curtis, aren’t you excited? Okay, so prom doesn’t have to be all that bad. I’m just trying to lower your expectations so that when the drama DOES happen, you can laugh at it in its face because you were expecting it. And while those other girls are off sobbing in the ladies room, you will be hitting the dance floor, looking FABULOUS.
A few other things prep for:
- Get some concealer, because you will get a gigantic zit the morning of.
- Cushions to put in those heels. Even if you take your shoes off to dance, chances are you will still be wearing them long enough to make your feet hurt the day after.
- Your hair dresser will make your hair look like crap. You will hate it. It will not be what you asked for and it will all fall out and come undone before the dance even starts. Add a pretty flower or headband so it doesn’t matter as much when this occurs.
- Bring powder in your clutch, because you will be dancing and shiny faces don’t look flattering in pictures.
- The music will be terrible. Dance to it anyway because dancing is the funnest part about prom. Pretend that 50 cent is Jon Bon Jovi if it’ll help.
- All of your best friends will suddenly find reasons to be jealous of you and hate you. They’ll get over it the next day so DO NOT follow them into the bathroom to try to console them.
- Do not go on a crash diet that will leave you dizzy and fainting on the dance floor. For goodness sake, buy a dress that will fit you after a fabulous dinner beforehand.
- Be prepared for some black light action. That means a dandruff free head and DARK undergarments.
- Enjoy and have fun. Dance until your muscles are sore and laugh until you lose your voice.