I am on my feet almost constantly. Whether strolling with the babe, teaching yoga, commuting from class to client, or logging miles in the early morning hours, I ask a lot from them. And after a year and a half of this new pedestrian lifestyle, my tootsies are reminding me just how much I rely on them - and how little I do for them.
Like most yoga teachers, I take time for regular pedicures, reasoning that no student should be distracted from his practice by an instructor's fungal feet or overgrown toenails. I have come to realize, however, this cosmetic care is no longer enough.
In recent weeks, my feet have begun to hurt. Almost constantly. By the end of the day, every step is an effort. Each morning, I step gingerly out of bed, hopeful that the condition will have miraculously disappeared overnight. Perhaps not surprisingly, the "ignore it and hope it will go away" approach hasn't yielded any improvement.
Faced with the choice between significantly altering a lifestyle I love or continuing to endure perpetual pain, I begrudgingly resigned myself to the idea of "sensible" shoes and set out to find them. While my image-conscious inner critic bombarded my brain with visions of my elementary school nurse in her bright white oversized sneakers, I took a deep breath and stepped into a specialty shoe store. Much to my surprise, I discovered functional can be fun!
I consulted with the onsite experts, made a decision, and walked out with new shoes - leaving behind my threadbare ballet flats. My feet thanked me immediately, and over the past few weeks, the pain has begun to subside. While I won't be strutting down the runway anytime soon, I love my new shoes - and so do my feet!
Is there a commonsense change your ego is preventing you from making? Consider caring for yourself instead of caring what others might think - and open your mind to the possibility of a pleasant surprise!