I’m giving you a five minute assignment today.
Go to your sock drawer, and chuck every single pair of socks that has a hole in it.
This is a permission slip—nay, a demand to your better judgement—for all of the uber-thrifty folks out there.
When we own something, we tend to keep going along with it after the condition deteriorates. A snag turns into a tiny hole in the washing machine, which turns into a less tiny hole when your toe breaks through it. The heel wears away little by little until there is nothing left. Before you know it, you find yourself donning that sock with a hole in it, again and again, just because…it’s habit. Pah, I don’t need a new sock! I’m wearing shoes anyway. No one will see it.
Until someone unexpectedly does. Maybe you make an unexpected visit, and forget your choice to wear the holey sock until your shoe is already coming off your foot. Oops.
Or maybe no one sees it but you, and you catch yourself thinking…ugh, everything I own is crap.
Wearing a holey sock makes you feel shabby.
Your feet get colder (which is the opposite of the point of socks). And also probably dirtier (depending on where you walk).
When your complete ensemble includes a hole in your sock, it is impossible to feel 100% put-together and classy, which is something we all want more of.
I think I’ve made my point. Go to your sock drawer right now, and fix this.
Five minute timer starts NOW.
Sidenote: If only one sock has a hole, you have my permission to make a sock puppet out of the other one.
Also, if anyone knows how to darn socks, I’m very interested in learning how. It seems hard. I would love to be told how wrong I am about that.
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