Some months ago I read Rod Stewart’s autobiography. Which, as a side note, I really enjoyed.
From the book I learnt many things, and one of them was that, when worn correctly, tartan trousers can actually look all right.
Fast forward to Boxing Day and I spot a pair in the sale for £10. Stocks were low but, fate intervened and one of the last remaining pairs was in my size.
So I bought them.
And, feeling somewhat daring, I wore them to work last Friday. Reception was good.
Oh… and no, I didn’t use my best Rod Stewart impression when I asked people what they thought:
“Do ya think I’m sexy??”
Anyway, as I walked home I passed a pub and a drunken patron lumbered i front of me. Luckily I had the dexterity necessary to navigate my around him but, due to his high levels of intoxication, he seemingly took offence to me being on the pavement at the same time as him.
A terrible crime, I know.
“Nice trousers” he bellowed, “you off to play a fuckin’ gig or something?”
With that he kind of jiggled and danced on the spot in the limp way that uber-drunk people often do – I can only surmise that, from somewhere far above, an invisible puppeteer was having a hand spasm while trying to control him.
“Yep,” I smiled, “I’m headlining”
This was met with a grunt of disapproval. He clearly wanted me to bite. Wanted a reaction. I could see in his eyes that he was gearing up for some Friday night confrontation.
But I walked on.
Perspective is an important tool. I could have looked at his comment two ways:
A) How dare he insult my trousers!
B) He said I looked like a rock star… which, for many 28 year old guys, is a pretty desirable thing to be/look.
I took it as the latter.
Perspective is a powerful weapon to have in your day-to-day arsenal. It’s a mindset.
When presented with a comment or a piece of information look at it from both ways before deciding how you should feel about it.
I’ll be wearing those trousers again.