A Year of Unmatched Socks
That is my word for 2016. My overall theme, goal, mantra, and, perhaps, temporary tattoo.
The inspiration came from my daughter, who gave up matching her socks a few years ago. On laundry days I would have to spend extra time hunting down sock mates until finally, after a particularly long and unsuccessful search, I confronted her about it.
Me: “I couldn’t find matches for four of your socks.”
Daughter: “That’s OK. I don’t wear them matched.”
Me: “What? Why?”
She gave me a slightly exasperated look (learned from me). “Why should I?”
I had no answer for this. The reply that popped into my mind, “Because it’s what people do,” sounded ridiculous even within the confines of my head.
So I stopped searching for the matching socks, and soon after she started doing her own laundry. But her reply made me question things on a larger scale. How many tasks do I spend time on simply out of habit – with no real benefit? How many daily or weekly undertakings are based on outdated notions or interests I don’t really have anymore?
Thus, I am making 2016 the year of simplification – the year I jettison unnecessary things and tasks. I will pare down belongings to must-haves and most cherished. I will unsubscribe from things that clutter my in-box. I will stop watching TV shows that no longer interest me. I will reassess personal and professional paths to make sure I’m striving for and headed toward things that still matter to me.
I might even stop matching my socks.
It is my hope that simplifying will free up precious minutes I can spend on the people and endeavors that really matter. I’ll try to provide updates on how I’m doing – if I decide that it’s a worthwhile task.
Happy New Year to all. May 2016 bring you joy, peace, and purpose.