1 pair of riding boots
1 pair of ankle boots
3 pairs of flip-flops
3 pairs of flats
1 pair of Sperrys
3 pairs of Keds
2 pair of jazz shoes
1 pair of character shoes
1 pair of taps
2 pairs of heels
2 pairs of tennis shoes
1 pair of sandals
22 pairs of shoes that are here in my dorm. That doesn’t include the shoes that I left at home because I don’t wear them.
Why do I need 22 pairs of shoes? Why do we need multiple pairs of anything?
Questions like these have come up while reading the book, Fight Club. I am only half way through but it is a very profound novel. I began to ask myself why I needed so much “junk”, so many possessions, after the protagonist of the book claimed that he only had 6 white shirts, 2 pairs of black pants, and 3 ties. That’s all he owned. I understand there are different shoes for different occasions, but why do I have 3 pairs of the exact same shoe in different colors? Yes, I do wear those the most, but I still think 22+ pairs of shoes is way too much.
Shoes. Clothes. Furniture. Technology. All of it is cluttering our lives. All of this clutter is distracting us from actually living.
We can become so caught up in our possessions, that we forget what is really important. Instead of spending time trying to update your phone, use that time to call your grandma, or another loved one. Instead of shopping to fill your closets with more clothes, spend that time volunteering with those who don’t have anything in their closet.
I’m guilty of wasting time doing useless and selfish things and I have to ask, what good does wasting three hours on Netflix do? Nothing except help me procrastinate. Why not spend my time visiting with friends in the library, catching up with those we may have missed during the school year?
I have been trying to shift my focus from possessions to relationships. And maybe we all should?