“Hey man, can you believe it has been five years already since this?” It was a message from Chirag. Yeah, we had kept in touch.
The picture was one of us five friends standing on a wall with Edinburgh beach at the background. Besides being a sweet pic, one realization struck me the most. The absence of colors in our dresses.
That got me thinking.
Kiran: My best friend for life. He was wearing a pink(ish) jacket, yet not looking gay. Always the giver & ringmaster. He isn’t in the pic because he was the one organizing us for the pose & taking the picture.
The rest of us, in order.
Kathir: He wore black. He always wore black. Super fun to be with. He is one of those that can make you cry, or cry out of laughter if he decides to make fun of anyone.
Chirag: Powerful eyes, he gave you the impression of a serious guy. But wasn’t. Don’t remember what color jacket he wore.
Sanket: Laddoo. A funny, plump guy. We did not keep in touch, no apparent reason why.
Me: I think I wore a grey jacket. Bought for 8 pounds. A wise purchase that lasted 4 years.
Mayuri: A sweet girl. Fun to be with, unassuming. I don’t remember what she wore as well.
The more I think back, I remember a lot of events and people that have been memorable. However, what they wore has never really stood out to me. They were all different. Sure, they had their own style which was unique. But then, they were all the same – I liked them for the person that they were, not what they wore that day.
Hence the question, “What do I do with this other pair of shoes that I have had for years but seldom wore?” Have I given it too much importance? Does it deserve the space in my rack? If not, does the shoe rack deserve as much space as it currently occupies?
Keen to know your thoughts!
PS: The reference to pair of shoes is a metaphysical one. It could be replaced by any item that you consider to be a ‘spare’ or ‘back up’