This weekend, Cory’s mom took us Christmas shopping. She noticed that I have a tendency to not buy things for myself…like shoes…even when I really should. Shoes, for instance, that I’ve had for five years. I always tell myself that I don’t really NEED new shoes unless the bottom of the shoe falls off. So she got me several new pairs, and all of a sudden, my back and hips feel better. Wearing the new shoes, I’m realizing that I’d developed an odd gait that was compensating for problems in the worn-out shoes. I was walking heel-to-toe with my right, but rolling my weight along the outside of my foot on my left. This was inducing an imbalance in my hips, which in turn was messing with my back, which in turn was causing frequent migraines. All this time, I’d just assumed it was stress! I had no idea that something like an old shoe could cause problems all the way up my body. Just goes to show, sometimes you have to tackle an issue from the ground up. And that sometimes it’s important to buy things for one’s health, just as much as one’s desire. Comfort and well-being are not mutually exclusive. Many thanks to Lor for her kind gift this year! I’ll try to take better care of my feet, so that it won’t take me another five years to buy new shoes.
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