I was listening to the radio the other day and the presenters had asked a question. Normally I’m happy to listen to the opinions of others, but this time if I hadn’t been driving I would have phoned in to offer one of my own.
The question was what item of clothing would you ban? One woman called in and said she’d seen an elderly man on holiday wearing shorts. The shorts were fine, but he was wearing – shock horror - sandals and socks! He was also – aargh – wearing a vest!
But why the heck shouldn’t he wear socks with his sandals if he wants to? Why shouldn’t he wear a vest top? There was more of the same with people only too eager to call in and criticise the dress sense of others.
I thought of that man. Who are people to look at him and decide he’s wearing the wrong things? What do they know about him or his life? Hasn’t he earned the right to wear whatever he wants? That’s what I wanted to ring in and say.
I have several friends who have deleted their Facebook accounts for various reasons. I have taken a step back from mine over the past couple of weeks or so and I’m only logging in every couple of days, checking for private messages, then logging straight out again. I won’t take the step of deleting it – not yet anyway.
I’m even finding myself warming to the less invasive Twitter.