As a young child I had a watch I wore every day. It had a red rubber band and was waterproof, so I never had to worry much about taking it off. It was digital, which is handy since to this day it takes me about 20 seconds to figure out the time on an analogue clock. It had white stripes on the band and an alarm. I loved that watch.
One day someone pointed out to me that I wore my watch on the “wrong” hand, the right hand, and being right handed I was meant to wear it on the left… right?
Well, that didn’t sit so well with me and after a few months of random people continuously pointing out my watch was on the wrong hand, I gave up wearing one.
I haven’t worn one since. I don’t even own one. That was over 15 years ago and to this day I look at watches, and I think “hey, it’d be nice to have a watch” but I don’t buy one. I barely even wear bracelets (and when I do it still pains me a little bit to put it on my left hand).
It’s funny, isn’t it? Sometimes the tiniest comment can stick to you, like a piece of rubbish that sticks on the bottom of your shoe, so you try to get it off by stepping on it with the other shoe, and it gets stuck to that shoe until you’re stepping back and forth like you’re doing some alternative version of the chicken dance and the piece of rubbish JUST WON’T COME OFF YOUR DAMN SHOE STUPID PIECE OF RUBBISH… Like that. And they just don’t wear off.
You grow up, you move on, and you’re aware that things don’t always have to be done the same way as everyone else. But sometimes, just sometimes, it’s a little bit scary to step out there on your own.
Have you ever been affected by someone’s comments? Has peer pressure ever made you conform?
Tamsin Howse has written 178 posts.
Tamsin is a wife, stepmother and blogger with a passion for people and relationships, fashion and beauty, and an inability to successfully complete household tasks. Co-founder and Editor-in-chief of KiKi & Tea.
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