”I’ve been waring these for at least two hours now and it’s been hot and I can’t possibly take them off now and what won’t they think?!?”I was sitting in the bus, somewhere in Chili. Even though it was relatively early, it was already a hot day. Having packed sparingly, I had a choice of one pair of shoes (or, after shopping in Santiago, a pair of flip-flops). The shoes being too big to fit inside my back-pack the choice was obvious: Wear them when lugging the backpack around.
Which is fine when you’re actually doing the lugging.
But not so much once you actually sit down (in this case on my bus) and those ankle-high, water-tight hiking boots get uncomfortable. And hot. Making my feet just the tiniest bit sweaty…
So I was sitting there, contemplating taking them off. And a lot of thoughts were going through my mind, about how I definitely couldn’t do that, couldn’t possibly bother all the people there with odeure of my traveler’s socks.
Then I remembered my challenge for the month: “Care less!”
Now, caring less is something else than being a complete and utter asshole. So I did a quick mental inventory. Yes, there probably would be a bit of a sweaty air emanating from my feet. But that would be gone in seconds. And probably wouldn’t even be noticed between the smells of empanadas being eaten and the somewhat disconcerting “I-haven’t-been-washed-in-a-long-time” smell that was emanating from the chairs themselves.
I really was stopping myself over nothing.
My shoes came off and I let go of a sigh of relief. Nobody looked at me weirdly, no noses were pulled up, I wasn’t asked to vacate the bus immediately. Happiness!
- There are a lot of things where (without thinking) I would do something else than I wanted, because of my expected reactions of those around me.
- When I did do what I wanted after all, it seemed that nobody even noticed. Not a single raised eyebrow, not a single snide remark.
It’s been both an informative and very useful month. So useful in fact that I’m going to stick with this one for another month. I’m going to care even less about what others think of me.
Just taking your shoes off once and awhile makes it worth it!