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Monday, February 23, 2015
The Truth About Umbrellas
I've never been an umbrella person. I like them. Brightly colored umbrellas bobbing along the sidewalk on a rainy day are a joy to see. I love seeing crowds of umbrellas. I even like umbrella shopping. But I never did learn how to use the darn things.
See, using an umbrella takes some special talent I just don't possess. People who can execute flawless umbrella use can walk out of a building, open the umbrella, and enter a car all without getting wet or ruining anything. I secretly suspect these people have an extra hand or telekinetic powers because I can't get in and out of a car with an umbrella.
I've tried. It doesn't work.
So as much as I love seeing umbrellas I refuse to bother with them. I'd rather flip up the hood of my jacket, hold a backpack over my head, or - in extreme cases - pack an extra set of clothes and change at the end of my trip rather than use an umbrella. It's easier to shed a wet hoodie or change my clothes than it is to finagle an umbrella. Let it rain. Water isn't going to kill me.
Now that I've moved north I've found this lackadaisical attitude has extended to jackets. I keep my jacket and a spare sweater in the car in case I get trapped there. Otherwise? Why do I need a jacket to run between the car and the store? Sure, it might be below zero but jackets have layer and zippers and they're just cumbersome!
The only reason I both with shoes is because I don't want the snow getting my socks wet. Well... that and the fact I can slide my feet into my boots. I don't bother lacing them unless other adults are around to question my life choices.
Some things aren't worth dragging around with you.
Lately I'm beginning to think doubt and fear are some other things I shouldn't be bothered with. Self-doubt keeps you humble, but too much drags you down. Fear can be a healthy thing that keeps you from playing on the highway, but most the time it's better to grab a baseball bat and wade into the dark to see what's happening.
What are some things you can live without?