“Walk a mile in my shoes, THEN you can tell me if you can do it better.”
Heard many different variations of this for years now, but never really understood what it meant, until the recent snow storms we had.
I was walking home from work, following the freshly fallen snow, and my footprints were the only ones on the pavement, until I got to the main road, then I found another pair of footprints. I thought maybe try to walk in someone else’ foot prints and see how easy it was.
well first i had to adjust my strides to match the footprints, then the speed. I was getting hard and very tiring, what made it worse was there were more and more footprints appearing as i got onto the busy side of the street. each set going in different directions, different sizes ad shapes. I struggled keeping in the chosen ones, often following another set, or seeing them cross over. In the end I gave up.
When i got home I sat and thought of the experience and how hard it is to walk in someone else footsteps. not just literally, but in life as well.
We are all individuals from different backgrounds, with different presences striving for different futures. so to even think of walking in someone’s life is damn near impossible.
It has helped me appreciate how even though I have strife and challenges to face each day, someone else may have bigger strife’s and bigger challenges.