Shoes, oh my gahd shoes (for all you Liam Sullivan fans.) Who doesn’t love shoes? Shoes are expressive, practical, can make or break an outfit, and can even tell a story. The shoes I chose for the Fly Tribe Shoe Shots Blog Hop are a pair of Sketchers. I chose them because they have become my HOPE shoes.
Several years ago, I hurt my back. I am not exactly sure how, but the pain was worst than any I had ever felt and went on for about half the year. During that time, I made choices in my life solely based on how it would effect my back, and choosing stable shoes that were easy to put on became one of my priorities. But shopping for shoes when you are flat on your back is not ideal. So, I decided to brave the stores one day, I found a close parking space, headed right for the shoes and decided to try on three pairs. The last pair slipped on like a glove and felt good. I grabbed them and left.
The Sketchers were my everyday shoes for that period of time. I was so grateful to have them. I remember that they felt sporty and they inspired me to dream of the day when I could be more active again. They made me want to explore the world on days when I could barely get off the couch because the pain had me tied down.
I decided to try to use my mind, imagination to help heal my back. I spent time studying breathwork and visualization. I imagined myself easily stretching, feeling confident with the little things like bending and stepping, walking, and reaching. I envisioned myself visiting places in nature, the mountains sometimes, waterfalls, and the bay that was just down the road from my house. But the most important thing that I dreamed of doing was dancing. Nothing fancy, just moving my body in a soulful, spirited way.
All month as I was preparing for the blog hop, I had no idea what pair of shoes I would feature. Then a few days ago, under a blanket in the corner of my closet, I found the Sketchers. I slipped them on and like a photograph or a video, I was transported to that time in my life, a time when all I had to save me from my very darkest hours was the hope that someday I might find myself walking a different path.
Finding my Hope shoes encouraged me to do something today that I had dreamed of doing when I was bound up in all the pain. So I invited my roommate Lisa to head down to the bay with me. The bay is an important part of my life. It boosts my spirits when I am down, offers me delight and renewal, connects me to nature and somehow encourages me to dream bigger.
Going with friends makes it even better. We had a blast!
Out and About Together