Are you high maintenance? Of course you’re not! Nobody ever thinks that they’re high maintenance. I know people who should have their picture next to “high maintenance” in the dictionary but would NEVER, EVER consider themselves part ofthat group. I’m pretty laid back and easy-going so I’m sure that I don’t fall into that category but I can recognize the traits of my friends that do. It’s not a bad thing…it just means that you take a little extra work to maintain. You may not even know if you’re high maintenance or not so I’ve put together this quick little checklist for you. Read on to see if any of these apply to you.
You might be high maintenance if…
*You shop…a lot
Some people need very little to get by. Give them a pair of jeans, a few shirts, one nice dress and a couple pairs of shoes and they are set for life. If you have a closet full of clothes, shoes and accessories and still feel like you have nothing to wear, you might just be high maintenance
*You can’t live without your expensive make-ups and lotions
Maybe you don’t even use make-up. If that’s the case, you can just skip this part altogether because you definitely fall into the low maintenance category. If you are perfectly happy with inexpensive make-up such as Cover Girl and Maybelline, that’s fine too. The best thing about them is that they don’t cost an arm and a leg. However, if they know you by name at the Estee Lauder or Chanel counter or they give you a personal call when it’s Gift With Purchase time, there is a chance you could be high maintenance.
*It costs a fortune to get your hair done
Sure, you could just walk into a Great Clips or Super Cuts but instead you make your appointments weeks in advance so that you can get in with the best stylist in town. Of course, those fancy salons don’t come cheap. If you could feed a small country with what you spend on your hair, there’s a chance you could be high maintenance. Throw in the hair products and that small country could be dining nightly on caviar and champagne. (In defense of my fancy salon though, it’s all worth it!)
*Your vacations must include a passport
A trip to the beach or spending the weekend in the city might be fun but for it to be considered a real vacation, you feel the need to travel over a body of water to make it the kind of vacation you’re accustomed to. You know that Paris in Vegas is pretty cool but not nearly as exciting as the original! If you had the chance to view Vegas at nighttime from the Eiffel Tower replica or take in the lights of Paris at dusk from the real deal, which would you choose? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Vegas but is it really even a contest?
*It takes 10 minutes to order your meal
Do you start by asking questions about every item on the menu? Then, once you decide what you want, do you give the waiter so many special instructions that your entrée no longer resembles anything on the menu? If people compare you to Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally, you might want to consider that you may actually be high maintenance.
Uh oh!!! I think I just realized something…with the exception of ordering in a restaurant, these points seem to all apply to me. I AM high maintenance, after all! How can this be??? After all these years of my husband teasing me about being high maintenance (and my strong denials), he might actually be right. Although I don’t make a fuss when ordering meals, the rest of the points certainly apply to me and I guess I’m going to have to own it. Yes, I love my Estee Lauder, my expensive hair salon, fancy vacations and of course, shopping (and I’m not ashamed to admit it). Like I said earlier, being high maintenance doesn’t make us bad people, it just means that we take a little extra work to maintain! Just don’t tell my husband that he was right all along!!!
Are you high maintenance too? Maybe you’ve just discovered it or maybe you’ve known all along. What did I leave off the list that applies to you?