A few days ago, I went to pick up a morning Starbucks wearing slides with socks. Yeah, that’s the level of “I don’t give a f*%&” that I’ve reached. I mentioned that to a few friends, and they remarked that they were surprised I had held out this long.
Living in mostly the same space has changed a lot about our day to day lives, including obliterating some of the “norms” of dressing and behavior. I’d say that a good number of things that have gone the way of the dodo are actually good, positive changes. Like, wearing sweatpants most of the time is great. They’re comfortable and warm. I don’t think we should have to go back to wearing much less comfortable clothes just because they ostensibly look better. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn jeans / slacks in the last year, and I don’t miss them at all.
Another thing that can stay away once all this is over — handshakes. Fun fact: the handshake is believed to have originated as a gesture to show the person you were greeting that you came in piece and did not intend to stab them with a sword. Now, it’s more like “here, you can have my germs and I’ll take yours and we can do some weird pseudo-dominance thing with the manner of our handshake and oh if your handshake is weird I’m going to judge and think less of you.” What a stupid custom. Let’s bin it off for good.
What are some customs / norms that have changed in your life in the last year that you’d like to see become permanent changes?