By Dr. Paula Bloom
Just when I thought I had this problem licked it rears it’s ugly head again. I’ve become complacent in the knowledge that dealing with this issue was in my past. The holidays seem to have triggered a relapse. The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem. It is in that spirit that I make this confession.
In the past few weeks I’ve worn uncomfortable shoes.
If you’ve been following these blogs you know that I made a commitment to wear comfortable shoes. Being that my office is just a few blocks from my house I had promised to only wear shoes that would not hurt during my “commute.” I was not going to allow the belief that uncomfortable meant fashionable.
The other day, after a lovely weekday lunch date with my husband, he dropped me off at my office. I was booked solid with afternoon clients. That evening, we had an event at our daughter’s school so my husband suggested I just walk home to meet the family. “But Steve, I can’t walk home in these boots. Can’t you just come get me on the way to the concert?” As I spoke the words, I realized that I needed help. And my husband, one of the people in my life who readily calls me out, started to laugh. “Um, haven’t you spent the last year writing about the importance of comfortable shoes?” Yes, I have (and I plan on writing more in 2012).
There is pressure during this time of year to dress up. I get it–I like pulling out the fancier clothing. I love going to parties and reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Standing arounding talking to people is way more fun when your clothes aren’t too tight and your feet don’t hurt. This I’ve learned. But, like with so many things, you can know something and yet not apply it.
Well, this past weekend we attended a party and I was about to put on those uncomfortable boots. Anticipating that I would have to be honest with others I decided to wear a pair of chunky, comfy and fabulous shoe boots from Earthies. I’m so glad that I did! There were some fascinating people, great stories, and good food. As we walked back to the car, I realized that I had not noticed my shoes or feet during the entire party.
I wish you all a meaningful, joyful and pain-free holiday season!