So when it comes to shoes, our art challenge prompt for today, you’ll most often find me sporting a pair of sneakers. These are my latest pair, and in real life, they’re not quite this bright green, but I sort of wish they were as they look like something you might wear to visit the Emerald City of Oz. And that opportunity would certainly make me smile! I do own other types of shoes, but I rarely wear them. When it’s cold, you might find me sporting a pair of boots, simply because I have to, but now that it’s spring, the sneakers will win out most of the time. These types of shoes are typically meant for physical exercise of some sort, and I assume walking must count, which I do each day, so that’s enough to justify my choice. I wore a pair of leather shoes the other day and Philippe referred to them as my “old man shoes,” but in truth, they were probably better classified as “age-appropriate.” The truth is, I am getting older and should probably contemplate more grown up footwear, for certain events at least. But for now, I’m happy with my colorful kicks that boost my spirit and always make me smile.
I once purchased a pair of expensive Italian leather shoes that were oh so fashionable, but left little to be desired when it came to comfort. They’re now sulking in the back of my closet in their little felt shoe bags, waiting until that next wedding or funeral when I have to grudgingly put them on again. I was thrilled a few years back when my friend asked me to be her bridesmaid. Well, that simply wouldn’t work, so I was on the side with the other groomsmen, but we both knew the real story. The colors for the wedding were gray and yellow and all of the groomsmen were decked out in gray suits while sporting yellow Adidas tennis shoes. Though I never really wore the suit again, at least the shoes got a second life. It was a wonderful souvenir of the event and I still put them on from time to time. You can’t really color coordinate bright yellow shoes, so you just have to add them in with confidence whenever the mood strikes you.
It’s not that I have a problem with growing older, it’s just that I can’t deal with growing up. If there are things I still love, it just feels weird to ignore them because I’m a middle-aged man who should somehow be passed all of that. It’s not like I received a note in the mail telling me that because I’m older I should now like this instead of that. Except for the oddly timed junk mail that assumes I’m a decade older than I actually am. There’s just an odd socialization that happens when everyone else your age starts to do something a certain way and you have a choice as to whether or not you want to comply. It’s funny, because it’s no different than when I was younger and always trying to fit in. One of things I love about being a grown up is that I now know that fitting in doesn’t matter at all. There’s nothing made more important when it’s just what everyone else is doing. The opposite, in fact, is true. So no matter how old I may become, I’m quite content to trod my own path, happily enjoying my life in sneakers.
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