Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Power of Shoes

Monday night is Horse Therapy night. I have a pair (OK they are technically my sisters. But I wear them and she doesn't.) of riding boots. So every Monday night I lace up my shoes and walk out the door. Monday I walked out feeling all confident with that "I know more than you" feeling.

And I paused on the drive way. And asked my self  "Why do I all of sudden feel all confident?" and then I looked down... "Really?" I thought. "Shoes, Julia?" But I smiled at my self and walked on.

Riding boots

But I kept thinking about it. I've never been much of a shoe person. Up until my junior year in high school I had one pair of shoes: tennis shoes. What else do you need? You can wear them in almost any situation. Then I bought a pair of boots and even had 2 pairs of tennis shoes!

I now have a nice variety of shoes: flip flops, boots, riding boots, crocs, and slippers.

My Shoe Rack

It's amazing how each pair has effected my mood. Or how they represent how I'm feeling.

Slippers are the "I have no intention of leaving this house, or doing hard work." If I'm all wound up or frustrated I wear my slippers. They calm me down, and remind me all is alright.


My flip flops are the flirty, running errands move. I admit, most of my shoes are just different color flip flops. When I was pregnant that's all I could wear. And during the summer (and maybe part of the winter) I usually just wear flip flops. I feel like I need to go to the beach and just lay down.
Flip flops waiting til summer.

Tennis shoes are "I'm on the move!" If you are trying to be more active or want the "I can't sit down" feeling. Just wear your tennis shoes. I feel like a marathon runner when I wear mine. Like I can run that 26.2 miles.... Accept I go maybe two miles.

My "running" shoes.

Crocs... I know they are not the most attractive pair of shoe. But I love them. They are so comfy. And great for your back. They're like my tennis shoes. I wear them if I want to keep moving around the house. I also call them my "swimming shoes" I always feel like I need to go to the community center and swim a mile. They're amazing around the pool.

I like them!

Then there are the boots. It's with the boots that I really feel a huge difference. I really feel confident, in every step, action, or answer I give. "I know it all." Is really what it feels like. But I don't know it all. And someone will call me out on a wrong answer, and it brings me back to reality. But I still feel pretty "large and in charge."
Well loved boots

So next time you lace up your running shoes or slip on the slippers. Think about how they make you feel.

You might be surprised.