I need new running/walking shoes. I bought a cheapie pair so I could keep one at work and one at home. The cheapie pair give me blisters on the bottoms of my feet. My good pair, well they have seen their day. They travel with me from home to work every day and have covered many miles!!! Funny, but I think they look pretty good on the outside - it's just that they don't feel so good on the inside. They no longer support my feet like they should - but I'll buy them later. They really aren't in my budget right now. Yup, they look just fine.
Got my walk in yesterday - here's how it went. I started out on the wetland side of the trail which is a board walk. Several of the sections were slightly underwater - when you stepped on the boards water oozed up over them. As I got further down the trail I met a man and his two dogs. He advised me that the trail was under water. Of course, I knew that - it was slightly underwater the night before when I walked there. I forged onward. I was on a mission.
I got to the first section which had some 2x4's end to end over the section that was under water. I balanced like an olympic balance beam athlete. Underwater, hah. This woman is on a mission. A little water isn't gonna keep me from my destination. I rounded the corner and then I saw it - three sections under water - water deep enough to cover the 2x4's. Ehhh - I got this - it's really only an inch or so I can do it. I balance on the boards and made it almost to the end - but the last step to the dry board was longer than I could step. Splash! Right foot goes in the water as I took the last step. Not bad, just a little wet. Feeling pretty slick! Yep, I got this. Yippee!
I walked a little further and there it was about 4 inches of water over the path. No 2x4's. Longer than I could jump. There were little fish swimming in it!!! In fact I had visions of me trying to make the leap and landing on my rear end in the water, or the swamp! Ok, so if I put my right foot slightly past the edge and take a B I G step I will make it - I think. After all, my right foot is already a little wet.
Uh, no. I took that first step and the water oozed into my right shoe and my left foot landed in with the water up to my laces. Yuck! I now have swamp foot - er, feet! My socks have green algae on them from the water. I looked ahead and there was one more section that looked pretty much like the last.
What to do? Onward - or traipse back to my car in defeat? Onward of course, after all, it couldn't get much worse, right? I sloshed through the last section of water and finished the mile walk.
Well now those just fine shoes I was talking about earlier - not only don't support my feet but they smell like swamp. I am going to get some new shoes!!! Today!!! Yippee!!!
Which brings me to a little revelation about myself. Funny, the guy said the trail was under water... why didn't I trust or believe him? Why do I think it will be different for me? Because I WANT something to happen or be different, I expect it will --- until I find out that---
I am no different!
The water didn't dry up or part like the Red Sea did for Moses. I ended up sloshing through it. Imagine that.
Sooooo - just for today - I am going to work harder at listening to the advise, words of caution, words of wisdom, etc, that others have to offer me. I don't have to experience everything first hand! I don't have to walk through the water and God knows I can't walk ON the water!!!
Opening my ears and my mind!!!
So today when I went for my walk, started at the part that wasn't under water, walked up to where the water was over the path and turned around and doubled back. I got in and extra 3/4's of a mile by doing that --- AND I had dry feet!!!
Guess at least I learned a lesson - and a little about myself!