Who wears the short shorts? Certainly not me. My legs are not the prettiest sight without psoriasis. I started writing this post as a comment about the sun coming (hopefully) when it turned warm a few weeks ago. I was thinking about getting out in the garden, putting shorts on and getting a bit of sun to my legs. Well the following weeks of cold weather put a stop to that idea. But then I started thinking about the summer and whether this year would be a year I felt brave enough to wear shorts in public. The funny thing is, I rarely wore shorts in public before I had psoriasis. The only difference now is that I purposely think about it.
I own two pairs of shorts and 2 pairs of three quarter length trousers. The shorts are the swimming type, bought for holidays in Sicily where I venture into the see to get some salt water on my legs. The hassle I went through to buy these was immense. I lost count of how many shops I went in. At the time I remember Daniel Craig had just worn those shorts in a Bond film. Now I certainly do not have Daniel Craig’s physique. The annoying thing is everywhere I went, it was either that style of shorts or the ultra-baggy surfer dude style. I did try on some of the surfer type and I am sure people could hear me laughing from within the changing cubicle as I saw two white matchsticks poking out of shorts which were wide enough to get four of my legs down each leg of the shorts.
I think I searched for about a month for suitable shorts and finally settled on a pair which looked okay. In fact they were so good I bought what is basically the same pair just in a different colour. In the meantime I had bought a couple of three quarter length trousers which were okay but with much of the same hassle as many made me look like a Hobbit or like I was trying to be a skater boy. Secretly I kind of like the Hobbit look but I think I am much more of an Aragorn or Legolas type. (If you don’t know the Lord of The Rings, this is completely lost on you).
Anyway, I have sort of side tracked from my point here (if there was one in the first place). My main issue is when and where I wear shorts and my psyche has a funny idea on this. At home, anything goes, I will wear my shorts without much thought as our garden is fairly secluded so I feel comfortable. Outside the house in my home town I will rarely wear shorts, not even the three quarter lengths. I think I wore them once and went home and changed as I just didn’t feel comfortable showing my skin.
Really anywhere in Britain I won’t wear shorts other than in my own house & garden. Now this is wear my thinking comes into question. When we holiday in Sicily, I wear my three quarter lengths all during the day, I have no issues at all. We go to the beach and I will change into my swim shorts. Again I have no issues, no worries, even though there are lots of people around and I have seen people staring at my legs.
This is my reasoning for this. Abroad, most of the people I see are foreign and speak a different language, therefore I won’t understand what they’re thinking. Now that’s logic for you. Also I have noticed in Sicily that when people notice my skin, they look and they carry on. The rare occasions I have shown my skin in Britain, I also notice the whispering after. Now I don’t know if that is my brain at work, making me think that or if this nation is less tolerant of people that look different. I’ll leave you to think on that yourselves.
To return to my original question, who wears the short shorts? I guess I should actually answer “I wear the short shorts but only at certain times and when I feel comfortable. That isn’t really catchy enough to have made the lyrics for the song. Or you could say that if me and my shorts were friends on Facebook, our relationship status would read “it’s complicated”.