Wednesday, May 9, 2012
shoe store epiphany
I had an epiphany today buying these new running shoes.
Jane and I were both in real need, since our Ragnar relay is right around the corner. (Yes, I'm so excited for her to join me again this year.) She's had her Asics since 9th grade and I've had mine for over a year. Weird for me, when I used to turn over a pair every four months, or so. I guess I didn't see the need. Or just kept putting it off. They served me well, though. Lots of miles on those sorry, worn out puppies. Led me along, plowing the way though snow and ice and rain and mud.
Anyway, back to my original train of thought for this post. See if you get where I'm coming from:
I'm seeing more and more that I can be okay, and even thrive with less. That I like less. Like... less is more.
Maybe that should be my new mantra.
As I've trained my feet over the last couple of years to go even more "minimalist", I see that I can do without the excess of cushy- bulky in my choice of running footwear. Letting these feet of mine do the work, not my shoes. Letting myself run the way my feet were created to run. As close as you can get to running barefoot. And boy, do these shoes feel good. So light. Like a feather. Like gloves for my feet.
I'm seeing a trend in my appearance, too. Less and less hair as the years go by, not in the loosing it kind of way- thank goodness- but the shorter length kind. And this sense of freedom that's come with it, bringing a surprising sense of sass, which I'm liking. I don't need fancy hair, big hair, or long hair to feel comfortable, confident, and beautiful. (Although I so admire it in other women.)
Simplicity, as well, in my food preferences. A surprising change that's taken place in me of not desiring or needing the extras that many times used to mask the taste of the real food itself. The things I would always rely on to help make food taste comforting or appealing. Seeing that I can do without the butter and cheese and cream and sugar. Even eggs, milk, and meat. Now, that's a change from the old days. These simple foods- fruits, vegetables, beans, and grains- the pure, unadulterated tastes of these real foods, naked, are what my body and my tastes crave more and more as the days go by.
I see myself finding more joy in each moment. Noticing, acknowledging, and gravitating towards the simple, the "unadorned", the real, the every day beauties of this life.
Satisfied with what is.
Not really sure if all these insights have any kind of connection to each other, but for me, they kind of do. I like seeing the way these different, almost trivial aspects of my life seem to be meshing together in a cohesive, unified, greater whole.
Which is me.