Don’t sweat the small stuff

Kristina Agbebiyi

Every time I go to the gym, I see at least one weird outfit choice. There’s a guy lifting weights while wearing cargo shorts and boat shoes, and another guy playing basketball with shorts on over his pajamas. Occasionally I see a girl, or an older person, wearing super short shorts. . .“It is their life, and they can dress how they see fit,” I remind myself as I exit the gym.

You see, there’s a recent trend of people taking pictures of people dressed differently and posting pictures of their outfits online without the other person’s consent. I’m wondering, what is the point? Was the laugh really worth it? Did the person end up changing because you posted the picture? Was their outfit any of your business? If you answered no to any of these questions, it is time for some self-reflection. Unless someone’s outfit is personally causing you physical harm, you really have no place to tell people what they should or should not wear. Part of maturity is accepting other’s life choices, whether you agree with them or not.

You may be wondering if there are any real-life repercussions that result from posting a random person’s picture. There probably aren’t. That person will probably not see your picture at all. But it just encourages others to buy into the myth that it’s okay to make fun of someone, as long as they don’t know. Also, who has time for that? The time I spend taking a picture of the guy in cargo shorts, is time I could be spending lifting more weights.

That person thought they looked cute, so that is all that really matters. Unless you are Naomi Campbell or Kate Moss, you have probably made some questionable outfit choices in the past as well. Everyone knows that people only post the least embarrassing Throw Back Thursday pictures on Instagram. So remember Eagles, mind your own business. The only time we need to be worried about another person’s outfit is if they’re wearing apparel from a rival college.