An Ode to the Cargo Pant

The cargo pant is practical,
It ain’t pretty,
Good for adventuring.
Not really into dinner dates with friends,
Or a family BBQ.
The cargo pant can be intimidating.
Not since Backstreet was back (alright) has it been considered stylish ware,
It belongs to mountain climbers and explorers of new lands.
Not regular folk that binge watch Netflix and really like ice cream,
At least that’s what I thought.

I was young and naive.
Only 30 years, 1 week and a day old when it all began,
Facing into the abyss of the cargo pant.
How could I wear this pant everyday for a year?
I am not Jane Goodall.
I wasn’t qualified to don the cargo pant so practically.
I didn’t know how to light a fire with rocks,
Knowledge a person who wears the cargo pant should surely know.
I didn’t know how to navigate using the night sky,
Knowledge a person who wears the cargo pant should surely know.
I didn’t know how to poop in the wild,
Knowledge a person who wears the cargo pant should surely know.
What gave me the right to cargo pant?

 

 

In the beginning, the cargo pant wore me.
It was ready for adventure,
It was taking me and all my reservations with it regardless.
Skinny jeans were not an option.
The cargo pant was made for walking,
While I was quite unsure if I was up to the task.

Now, a more mature 30 years and more months and days old I see it differently.
A transition of sorts has occurred.
While I’d still feel more comfortable in a nice maxi skirt,
The cargo pant tells the world who I am in this moment.
I am a hiker.
I am an adventurer.
I am an explorer.
I am qualified to cargo pant.
I wear the pant.

I still haven’t lit a fire with rocks, navigated with the stars or pooped in the wild yet though.


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