Limitations and socks

Dear Inquisitive Stranger,
Bruce Lee, martial arts champ and wordsmith, summarised the hobbling effect of limiting ourselves.
“If you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”.

I hear ya, Bruce.
Which is why I am taking responsibility for the state my sock collection. It is currently plateauing in a colour blocking frenzy.

Colourful? Indubitably.

Gleeful? Aggressively medium. There is the threat it could mature into a theatre of the mundane.

Where are the ironic slogans? Why have I only got one Snoopy sock (when I don’t recall owning the other)? What became of the soft textures? Wasn’t there a pair of knee-length rainbow socks in the drawer? How will I survive the winter without some lower limb comfort? Didn’t I used to be proud of my happy feet?
It’s time to mix things up so I’m off to ‘Ladies and Gentlemen MSMS’ for some foot therapy.

The warming cup of tea was an unexpected greeting. How did the humanitarians at the door know I can’t sock shop on a cold, empty stomach? This cordial welcome gives me the winter gusto to get my rock on.
Cue the foot makeover montage.


A collection of uncomplicated garments wait on a rail but the limelight is stolen by the quality socks designed to make your leg ends look natty. This is is not the place to cover your feet with snappy catch phrases or reminders of the days of the week. These socks are hip. If they were people, they would hang out in coffee shops stroking year-round Movember ‘tashes.


Socks of dense knit, which are woven on site, huddle in mischievous bundles waiting to be introduced to their foot date. Once you have selected your favourite smart pattern, socks are packaged in a gift box with a genteel Victorian postcard design of your choosing.
The promise of toasty feet and cheerful customer service guarantees you exit MRMS feeling more chipper than when you arrived. Maintain that glow by pegging sock pairs together before putting them in the wash. Too many hapless couples are split during the process and it is a sad to witness one lonely sock emerge partnerless from the bowels of the dastardly washing machine.
Do your part to stop the pairless sock crisis!


Alternatively, wear odd socks with a louche countenance and whiff of gumption. No limitations around these parts.
So about that plateau. How to go beyond it as Bruce suggests? Slumping on the horizontal simply means you’ve peaked at the current stage of the process. You longingly gaze upwards and wonder how to move forward. In order to grow, you must push yourself out of your comfort zone. Gadzooks! This is scary because humans much prefer to slink away from potential loss than hustle more gains.
So Stranger darling, cease lamenting over your weight training results and target your muscle audience to get bulges in all the right places. Change your game in the language learning journey by prioritising what is important, i.e. foreign swear words are a hoot to learn in the pub but not useful when you have the post-booze hunger yet can’t order one dish from the holiday menu. Bruce Lee believed that only the uncomfortable path leads to prosperous growth.

At this point, allow me to draw your attention to Bruce’s abdominals. Here is evidence that mounting the good horse named Offense and galloping beyond the plateau leads to a world of endless opportunity.
So go forth with your limitless passport of possibility and be sensational!
Just remember your socks! Don’t let that collection stagnate while you are charging about be wonderful.
Peace, love and cha cha cha.
Don’t behave!

Ladies and Gentlemen MSMR – where ladies and gentlemen adorn their feet
247-1 Itaewon dong, Yongsan gu, Seoul
Noksapyeong station, line 6, exit 2
Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 – 22:00

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