Crocs in Rolex
Inspiration sometimes comes from the strangest places.
I was searching for an experience to share with everyone, but was having a difficult time. I felt that there were so many posts that talk about specific business topics and / or political events, and I wanted to discuss something that may be important and hopefully impactful in the lives of others. I needed something inspirational.
The inspiration was hand delivered to me at 6:00 am this morning while my wife and I were chatting about our week and our upcoming day. I decided to call this post “Crocs in Rolex.”
My father-in-law has been very sick, and over the past few weeks, his condition had declined significantly. My wife traveled from Tampa to New York to be there with him during this time, and had initially left in a rush because we didn’t think he was going to make it through the day.
In her packing frenzy, she only packed her Crocs and no other shoes. These are not the “fancy” type Crocs, but are the standard, all rubber kind, with no fur linings. The icing on the cake is that they are a bright teal blue. This wasn’t necessarily a major problem, for she had only wanted to spend time in the house with her dad, and had no intention of going anywhere. This plan was altered this past Thursday.
As her dad started to muster some energy, he expressed his desire to get his Rolex repaired. This was very important to him because he planned on leaving the watch to a family member upon his passing, and he wanted to make sure it was good as new. My wife offered to have it shipped in for repairs, but he insisted that they go into the Rolex store immediately. Despite her attempts to discourage him, he insisted, and because she wanted to fulfil any of his wishes, they got in the car and headed toward Manhattan.
As they pulled up to one of the world’s premier Rolex stores in Manhattan, my wife realized that she was still wearing her bright teal blue, plain old Crocs. Not that there is anything wrong with wearing Crocs. Our whole family has them, loves them, and practically wears them everywhere. However, wearing Crocs in the Rolex store seemed a bit much.
As the anxiety of the situation began to mount, she was suddenly struck with a realization: “IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER.” What matters most was that she was going to do whatever it took to make sure that her dad didn’t have to worry about even one more thing in his life. She happily parked the car and walked into the store with a smile on her face, her dad on her arm, and her bright teal Crocs on her feet.
Sometimes in life wearing Crocs into the Rolex store is something we just do for the people we love. Being present in the moment is what’s important, not focusing on things that don’t really matter.