It was 1993. I was on my first mission trip -- one month in Managua, Nicaragua. I quickly made a dear friend in Andrew Parker. He was quirky. Eccentric. Funny. And passionate about the Lord. Andrew wore his watch upside down, which perplexed me. When I asked him about it, he said, "It's easy to read it this way. Try it for a day!" So I did.
And I kept it that way for 14 years.
Yep, for 14 years I wore my watch upside down. I, too, was often met with confused looks and puzzling questions of, "Why?" And although I'd recant this story as my explanation, I can't say that I inspired anyone else to ever do the same.
For the first time since I was 14 years old, I am wearing my watch "normal". Right-side up. The way they were intended to be worn.
I lost my watch last year and finally got a new one when I was in the States. Since it has no numbers on it whatsoever, it just seemed like it would be best to wear it in the conventional manner. And so I have.. But it's almost like the sad end of an era. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it...