Gold Ballet Flats of Regret

These are the shoes that single handedly ruined a friendship. I can’t go into super-detail about the actual fight itself, but let’s just say it was so immature on my part and ridiculous. The argument (again, caused by a pair of gold ballet flats, a pair you can find at any Target store for $14.99) could’ve probably been resolved with a healthy discussion, but it went on for too much, for too long. And pretty soon, the situation was beyond repair. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the “nothing fight” that begets you. At the time, it felt like it was a huge deal and now you wonder why it even blew up as big as it did.

Fast forward six months later, and I have the opportunity to make things right and fix the friendship. I’m older now, one would think wiser, and still, something is holding me back. Am I this immature at the age of 28? I feel like I was more levelheaded at 25. Even after apologies and catch-ups, it’s time to “meet up for coffee,” and a part of me is just dying to get out of it. I don’t even have a reason why except that I reject change any way I can.

So I got to thinking about change and shoes … There are pairs that I’m forced to throw away — last season’s trendy Pumas (even sneakers get outdated), last year’s suede boots (seasons aside, they’re so passe), even those pumps from a decade ago (do people still wear square-toed?). As much as I reject change, I threw these shoes out, no problem. But when it comes to my Xhileration gold ballet flats from Target, I just can’t. Heck, they even caused a fight — that just goes to show how loyal I am. I’ve had them for nearly two years now, and still, I wear them with confidence. In fact, I bought five pairs (they were, after all a steal) just so I can wear them for seasons, years, maybe decades (if the world would allow it) to come.

As for that friendship, I’ve decided to give it another shot. This friendship is, after all, like the shoes — it’s too good to throw away.


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