I don’t know what it is about me, but I always jam as much stuff into my purse as will fit. And, the bigger a bag I get, the more s#*! I put in it. I think because its gradual – I started by beginning to bringing my new laptop around, then slowly realized I should always have snacks on hand. And, my ipod for entertainment, a kleen kanteen 1L water bottle for hydration, work files to read on the subway, and we can’t be caught without lipgloss!… and then there are the days I pack a lunch. And of course, I try to only use glass containers for my food. Glass! Do you know how heavy glass is? Trust me, I used to drink my water out of a reused Voss bottle (the Kleen Kanteen is way lighter). So, you can only imagine what I carry around on my poor lil shoulders. Where do I think I’m going? Because I look like I’m about to trek Machu Picchu.
And, to make matters worse, I don’t just get myself to the office and home, I’m usually going to multiple sites in one day, transporting my things all over the city (sometimes cursing my own preparedness).
Anyhoo, it was actually Ben who said “enough is enough”. I think its because, like the gentleman he is, sometimes when we are out he will offer to carry my bag. I remember one particular evening he almost dropped it to the floor when I passed it to him – and he exclaimed “is this what you are wearing around all day?! No wonder you have shoulder pain. You need to edit.”. “But I need everything in there,” I whined.
Enter resourceful rational thought: why don’t I use my travel luggage on wheels? “People will think you’re a lawyer. I only see lawyers so that because they bring huge documents home to work on,” my friend James said. Well, there are worst things people could think I am, I’m sure.
So, about two weeks ago I started using my carry on luggage – packing it up with all my goodies, I wheeling it around town. Can I tell you that its glorious! Its literally a weight that has been lifted off my shoulders. I am now able to walk more upright, and I feel so much freer. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how important good posture and proper alignment is, so I can’t believe I didn’t start doing this sooner. And this new-found freedom is just another way to feel more poised, graceful and beautiful.
And, I don’t need to sacrifice my reusable containers or water bottle (which in itself is like 3 pounds…but incentive to lighten the load by actually drinking it?). So, if you are like me and have heavy weight to carry around, try something on wheels. Your shoulders will thank you for it. And hey, its kinda fun being mistaken for a lawyer – none of the work and all the credit…that’s how I’m rollin’ these days. Pun totally intended.