Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Flirtation: A Girl's Best Friend

I love to flirt.
And I'm not just talking about the kind of flirting I'd apply to Gerard Butler. I'm talking about the Marilyn Monroe kind of flirtation, which roughly translates into: flirting with everyone. It's an art.

According to an article I read in Cosmo, I engage in the act of flirtation continuously throughout the day. Before reading it, however, I'd never considered my interactions 'flirtatious.' My definition was a very narrow one - limited only to sexual intention. This article really broke down what it meant to flirt, and it totally made sense! In the end, even flirting with myself (though completely self-gratifying) seemed like a reachable goal. Why wait for someone to flirt with you? Really it comes down to applying the skill to normal, every-day life because everyone benefits.

When it comes to Marilyn Monroe, everyone and their mother wants to be like her. She is the ultimate muse. But why? It isn't just her style, or the fact that she died before her time. It might have to do with her subtle sexuality or her acting, but only partially. What it's really about is her essence; her entrancing aura - the special *thing* that made the world hang on her every word.

I'm pretty sure that, even if I tried my hardest, a lifetime of flirtation wouldn't put on me on-par with Marilyn Monroe ... but it doesn't really hurt to try, does it? 

Giving my kitten a little extra lovin' won't only lower my blood pressure, it'll make him happy. Telling my best friend how much I appreciate her will make me feel just as good as she does. Winking at that super cute barrista will do just as much harm as giving my bum a little pat in my money-makin' jeans (which is to say, none). Not to mention, it's an excuse to practice a little sensuality every day ... and who doesn't love the idea of that?

So, take a hint from Marylin. You don't have to sleep with the president or pose in Playboy (unless you want to, of course). Simply take a minute out of your day to casually flirt with every person you meet and consider it a practice in etiquette:

Tell that fashionable chick you love her style ...
Compliment your boss on how well they handle pressure ...
Brush your hand across your significant other's back  ...
Take the time to appreciate your legs the next time you put on lotion ...

Because the world is so much more fun when you enjoy it; in fact, I'm pretty sure that's the key. Plus, who doesn't want someone falling in-love with them at any given moment? It certainly beats having low self-esteem!