We knew that a trip to my in-laws was in the plan but I had no idea that we would spend so long in a shoe store, looking for some black flats for my wife.
I needed a pair of new black shoes as well so we divided when we entered DSW; I made my way to the one aisle of men’s shoes and she went to the 32 aisles of women’s.
Three minutes later, I had the box of new shoes under my arm and went over to check on my wife’s progress. Or, I should say, lack of progress.
One hour later, we were at the checkout line, everyone completely satisfied.
It’s a metaphor of life, I suppose. Men have fewer options and desire fewer choices. I need shoes. Black or brown? Business or casual? Size? Here. Done.
Women require more selection because they have more variables: Purpose of shoe. Possible locations they might be worn. Number of outfits that might match said shoes. Do they need to be flats, pumps, heals or stilts? Will the bangles, bows, sparkles and buckles add to the look or detract? Colors? We’re still creating new ones to meet your individual requirements…And on, and on, and on it goes.
The same is true with weight loss. I want to lose weight. Done. My wife is certainly concerned about a few remaining pounds but she wants to be fit. She wants to have tone. She wants to be a certain shape. I just want it gone…Just like I want my shoes.