I have observed that some people love their wallets; most love what is usually in wallets but I am talking about those who love their wallets. Usually when we love something we take good care of it and so it is with the wallet. These wallet lovers put all their stuff in their wallets – cards, bills, post it notes, change, bits of paper of all kinds and occasionally some money. Consequently these wallets look bloated, ready to burst and since they are so dearly loved they are kept close to the er… posterior.
Now I have always grown up wearing pants with a rear pocket on one side, usually the right, and I keep my wallet in the rear pocket. One of those days when I was replacing my wallet I realized a few (maybe unrelated) points to ponder:
First: Since many of us are predominantly right handed by choice or design, the right handed rear pocket comes as a default but it becomes a pain when the right hand is in use like for instance when you are holding a buffet plate and you are required to pull out the wallet to retrieve one of the many things mentioned above. At these moments I envy those who favour the left hand, try pulling out a wallet with a left hand.
Second: Since men (and women) cannot see their posteriors they may not realize that one (half) swollen back side may not be the most pleasing sight to the others who have the misfortune of seeing it thought it may actually end up amusing a few who happen to notice. (A sagging shirt pocket is equally unpleasant to see. Incidentally the Indian style of having the pocket inside the shirt is actually brilliant and is theft proof till the point of retrieving something from the pocket in public. )
Third: The heavy wallet also affects the seating posture in public and the riding posture on two wheelers. You may observe some riders sitting as if they are suffering from the disease (you know which one) but actually they are adjusting for their much loved wallet.
Fourth: If there are so many things in the wallet the chances of forgetting what is inside the wallet and at times what is not inside can be very challenging. Both instances can be costly.
Fifth: This is my hypothesis. The heavier the wallet the greater the strain it exerts on the spine. I am not a medical person but I know that the body constantly corrects itself to maintain equilibrium and a heavy wallet will shift the COG from the normal and so consequently there is an adjustment to compensate this. I am sure that one day this will result in a back ache (minor or otherwise).
Sixth: It does not make sense to keep so much personal information in a wallet including all of one’s cards, identification documents and other things in one place. The chance of theft and misuse is high and it also ensures that there will be little or no alternatives if the wallet is lost or stolen.
After much pondering I have made a few changes. Let me know your views…