All sorts of mental health experts tell us we need to let go of the past in order to move onto the future. I completely agree. Except, well, except for when I disagree, like right now. This time, I can’t let go, and I argue that sometimes it IS OK to hold on to our past.
I have this awesome pair of Asics Excel33 shoes. They are by far the best shoe I have ever purchased for my HIIT workouts, or my stretch classes, or any of my other workouts in general. I love them. They are the best shoes. Ever. There is only one problem: it is time for them to go. Experts say that for those of us who work out regularly, we need to replace our shoes (at the very least, the insoles) every 3 months, as the arch and ankle support usually break down by that time. I’ve had these shoes for 3 years. Sue me.
THE BAD NEWS
If you look closely at the picture, you can see my big toe emerging from both shoes. And it’s not like I don’t have other shoes to wear. If you go look in our workout room, I have seven pairs of tennis shoes, and nine pairs of running shoes. They are all different colors, and I wear them all at different times. I just don’t wear them when I work out. And before you go thinking nasty thoughts about me; remember my blog where I explain some of my past, then call me spoiled. I am OK with that: I own my spoiled cupcakeness right along with the rest of myself. But that’s not the point. The point is that none of these other shoes—no, not one—feels as good as my Excels.
This drives my husband crazy. He can’t stand my toes peeping out of my shoes. He laughs, then says, “Can’t you wear something else? You look like a vagabond.” He even pulled my stunt of finding research to prove that shoes need to be replaced every 4-6 months (he didn’t have to, but hey, research serves as great support). He even offered to buy them for me. How could I resist?
THE GOOD NEWS (THE SHOPPING FAILURE)
So, I tried. I swear. We went to my favorite running-shoe place, and we tried the new Excels (they are now up to #3, so I’m sure #4 will be coming out soon). I did not like the feel of them; my ankles rolled as I walked, which means I would be chancing a sprained ankle on my jumps or any quick change of direction. They went back on the shelf. We shopped for almost an hour before my husband called it quits, and I ended up with some shoes that were OK. They are great for running on even ground and they look awesome, but I still slide in them during harder workouts (even with thicker socks and a heel lock knot), so they are not perfect. Over the course of three months, we have purchased two pairs of Brooks shoes, two pair of Mizunos, and two pairs of Asics. They are now all part of my “running errands” wardrobe, and my feet look goooood. 🙂 I have shoes in every color of the rainbow, but nothing can replace my Asics Gel Excels.
So, while the experts say it is time to get rid of my beloved Asics, I insist that I must resist. My Excels still have tread on them, they still support me during every workout, and I simply love them more than all the others. I promise to keep looking for a new shoe to replace them, but until I find the next perfect shoe, I will stodgily hold on to these. Sometimes, Cupcake, it is OK to hold onto our past. Especially if it’s the only thing that keeps us moving in the right direction. Click To Tweet
So, what things have you held on to, even though you may have been told it is time to let go of them? How have you justified it?
As always, let me know how things are going, and stay frosted!