I have a wallet, but I rarely use it.
I usually just cram everything in my pocket. Right now, for instance, I have random receipts, some Chapstick, my business card case, my debit card, five pieces of folded-up paper with lists on them and a few other things in there.
But, whether I have a wallet or my pocket full o’ crap, the checkout line at any retailer is one place I get flustered consistently.
It’s just one of those places where my difference is spot-lighted. Spot-lit? Whatever. I’m standing there, the cashier tells me how much it is, and then I have to pay them. If I have cash in my wallet, I tuck it between my short arm and chest and fumble around to remove the bills. If my method of payment is in my pocket full o’ crap, I either have to dig around in there or pull everything out and put it on the counter to sift through.
I’m sure nobody else even cares, but for some reason I put a lot of pressure on myself in that situation. Especially if there’s a line behind me. Everybody is waiting for the one-handed guy to finish his transaction and God forbid if I should drop something…how embarrassing!
The truth is, I know there are some easy fixes to this. I could always keep my debit card in my back pocket. Problem solved. The only thing is, I’ll never remember to do that. Never. I could also just relax. Nobody cares how nimble I am at paying for my goods…except me!
Where’s the fun in that, though?
The truth is, we all get flustered from time to time, right? It’s a part of life. If anything, it builds character. It keeps us humble. It teaches us about vulnerability. We learn from it.
So, the next time you get flustered, take a deep breath, let it out slowly, and smile.
You’re not alone.