Even though Saint Patrick’s Day was two days ago, today is the next best time to talk about Saint Patrick’s day. After all, people are still taking the day off today (since it was on Saturday this year). But I want to be focusing on a particular tradition that so many of us do on Saint Patrick’s Day.
That being that we all wear some article of clothing that is green.
This year I didn’t wear any green.
Not for a lack of effort though.
But because wearing blue means significantly more than wearing green on this one day.
People Wear Whatever They Feel Like, I Don’t
Open up a typical persons wardrobe and you’ll find an assortment of different coloured clothing. Looking into mine, you’ll find that half of my wardrobe is of a different shade of blue. It’s still a work in process, but I plan to have every shirt and dress shirt to be blue, or a shade of it. It’s only half complete because I haven’t gone thrift shopping in a while.
I’ll soon enough not have much of a choice on picking out whatever I feel like.
I have to wear blue.
This may sound like a terrible thing, but I honestly don’t believe that. This also helps to drive home a few other things in my own life as well.
One of the big reasons being the fact that I’ve got to follow through with my decisions. Especially with my goals.
So many people feel like wearing a certain colour depending on the day. But the same can be said for accomplishing goals. People “feel like it” but won’t follow through.
By all means, changing your wardrobe to one colour might not make a massive impact on your mindset. However it can drive home a simple concept:
You either walk around topless or you wear a shirt.
This can be translated to our goals in life. You either come up with excuses or you progress despite success or failure.
One of the bigger selling points though is honestly there is fewer decisions you have to make. It was Mark Zuckerberg who stated that he only wears grey shirts all the time. No matter what day it is, you can expect him to wear grey.
The reason for this is simple: there’s less thought process that goes into it.
What shirt will Mark Zuckerberg wear tomorrow? Grey.
What about the next day? Grey too.
What about on his birthday? You guessed it! It’s grey.
You take both the guesswork from others but also the decision that you have to make as well. I’m not a terrible case either.
Since high school I’ve always been someone who will pick up whatever shirt and throw it on. But I know others who will spend upwards to an hour picking something out.
Another thing to consider as well is all the time you are saving with shopping. This honestly would be where I spend most of my time.
I’m a dude and I love clothing shopping.
I could shop for clothes for hours. But now that I have a specific wardrobe I want, shopping will be significantly faster, easier, and cheaper.
These less decisions that you are making can compound into many things in our lives. Imagine if shopping only took you a half hour vs a two or three hour shopping spree. First you’d save a tone of money, but also you free up more time to do other things. The same can be said for picking out what to wear for the day. It’ll save you at least a few minutes (enough for a quick shower) or perhaps more.
Time is always a precious commodity no matter how you look at it. Saving seconds or minutes doing anything from quick decisions, to shopping sprees will pay off long term.
Colours Never Go Out Of Style So Pick One You Look Great In
I simplify my life as much as possible. It’s a core value of mine.
So it makes sense to go with the most basic thing in the world. That being wearing nothing but blue shirts. Of course pants and socks but those tend to be fairly standard for me let alone an individual.
But in the end, people tend to gravitate towards a particular colour. What exactly makes us want to wear a particular colour? Before I switched to mostly blue, I wore bright colours. The reason? I said I was a bright person. (hahaha)
Even though I’m impartial to how I look to begin with, I know several people are very conscious about how they look. They follow the latest trends to look like popular people as opposed to setting their own trends.
This sort of behaviour can even be placed in other areas:
People refusing to hustle because their worried about their image.
They’re concerned about how people will see them when they do something that is out of what they typically do.
That sort of behaviour is normal amongst those coasting through life. How that happened can be from a variety of sources. But it’s fair to say that this can be spurred on by the clothes that we wear. People wear clothing for a variety of reasons, but some use it as a form of identity. Even if that identity is copying someone else.
I understand that fashion can be fun, but I’ve never been one to care about my looks on that level. But it’s because of this indifference and the fact I’m simplifying my wardrobe that I feel that this can be liberating for people.
An indifference in your fashion can translate to an indifference in how people see you. By this point you are letting your actions and decisions determine how people will see you.
No longer will people get a full read of you when they see you following the latest trend. Something simple as a t-shirt and pants is difficult for people to draw what kind of person you are.
Furthermore the only thing you’ll need to consider is what colour you like the most. A colour that makes you feel confident.
For me, that’s blue.
I’ve gotten plenty of compliments in the past whenever I wore blue. And honestly I find it very peaceful which is like me. True I’m bright and I tend to go with bright blue shirts, but I like to think of myself as a calm and mellow person too.
This is what defines me and for people who know me, know this. For those who see me walking around in my typical attire, it’s hard for them to know what kind of person I am, unless they’ve seen any of my work.
Blue is what defines me and represents a lot about my life. True I enjoyed my time picking out various colours. However what I value so much more is that I have control over my life. What this entails is making as few decisions that I have to. I can’t be bothered about asking myself what to wear or should I be working out or taking a cold shower.
I just go and do it without thinking.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon