Back in the day, I used to try to one strap it, which means I tried to wear my backpack with only one strap. In 21 Jump Street, Channing Tatum tells Jonah Hill, before their first day of school, to always one strap it, only to find out all the kids now two strap in high school. That scene cracked me up because I remember the days of carrying my backpack with only one strap because that’s how everyone else carried their backpack.
Now I two strap it. I tried one strapping it the other day and I was amazed at how uncomfortable it felt. Carrying a full backpack with one strap makes no sense. Then why did I carry it that way?
That’s easy because I wanted to fit in. Similar to many of my classmates, I wanted to be and act cool when I should have been more concerned with not being cool and not fitting in. I should have been embraced my weird and not choosing to follow the crowd.
Not trying to one strap is a good lesson. Don’t do something because everyone else is doing it. It’s most likely a poor decision and reminds me of something my father and most parents say to their children, “If everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?”
Would you, or would you think clearly and do what makes sense for you? Sounds easy now, but sometimes in the moment it’s difficult. It makes you carry a backpack with one strap.