Not All Shoes Fit The Same

Wearing work boots doesn’t make me a laborer.
Work Boots

Wearing ballet slippers doesn’t make me a dancer.

Ballet Slippers

Wearing cleats doesn’t (don’t?)  make me a football player.

Football Cleats

Wearing high heels doesn’t make me a fancy girl.

Or a business woman.

Or a high heeled woman.

High Heels

Wearing sneakers doesn’t make me shifty and sly.


I’ve lived my life and taken it’s path on my own two feet.

Plain and simple.

And often times bare.

Bare Feet

But I can work.  And I can dance.

I can play.  And I can score one for the team.

I can be as fancy as I want.

Or not.  That’s the more likely choice for me.

And in trying to do all of the things I do-

Or choosing not to do what doesn’t fit me-

I can admire the laborer, the dancer, the athlete,  and those having to fill the different shoes.

That I can’t fill.

Whatever those shoes are.


Weekly Writing Challenge:  Leave Your Shoes At The Door

At lunch today I went to my car and felt like doodling.  I drew these six sets of feet.  For no reason.  I don’t have a foot fetish or a shoe fetish.  I just drew them.  I took a break a couple of hours later and read Rarasaur’s Blog.  Seriously.   Who draws shoes at lunch for no reason?

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41 thoughts on “Not All Shoes Fit The Same

  1. That would make a great song. You’re so talented! 🙂


  2. Nor does it make one Nancy Sinatra! I, too, admire the uniqueness with which each are filled. 🙂


  3. Mary Mazer says:

    Lol, I love that you drew shoes at lunch! Your creative brain is awesome. One of my New Year’s “improvements” is to find the creative part of me again. Reading your blog helps Colleen, my brain cells love it!


    • Thank you Mary. 🙂 I can’t wait to see your creations. For some reason when I read that, ‘flowers’, popped in to my head. Did you ever do gardening? I like that we all want to find the colors and joy in creating.


      • Anonymous says:

        Colleen I love to garden. I had pots at the apartment and now that we are in our house I get to plant and grow. I am so excited! Steve says my plants are like my kids. I also want to start to play my guitar more and scrapbook. How cool that you thought of gardening 🙂


        • 🙂 that is awesome! Either I am very in tune to you (YAY) or we have discussed this before and it just stayed with me (YAY that I remembered it….kind of). 🙂 Oh the guitar!!!! I need to practice MORE. 😉


  4. mewhoami says:

    Very true! This applies in so many areas of life. Dressing, acting and speaking a certain way means nothing if we’re only acting the part. Who are we ‘really’?


    • Exactly. I could wear those shoes, or hats, or ‘airs’, but what would be the point. It isn’t the shoe or the hat that defines me. Even if I wear them well, and am comfortable in them. That’s only ‘a’ part of me. 🙂


  5. Um, the answer to your question would be YOU. 🙂
    This is delightful. Of course we walk a mile in many kinds of shoes. Leave it to you to point that out.


  6. FlaHam says:

    Colleen, yes you can, you can be what every you wish, and you fill that wish in yourself all the time. And the you put that on display for the rest of us to witness, and we thank you. Take care, Bill


  7. What you so sublimely and pleasantly point out with this essay is… everyone’s shoes (as to how and why they are filled) are really important, even our own shoes. A very pleasant read.


    • Thank you so much! I appreciate this. I enjoyed this prompt and feel there is much to understand and respect when we consider what others must do to fill their own shoes. Maybe we don’t even understand it at any given time.


  8. jmgoyder says:

    I absolutely LOVE this!


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  10. That’s cause you have “sole,” my friend! Plain and simple!

    Hugs from Ecuador,


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  14. rarasaur says:

    I love-love this, Colleen! It would make a marvelous little book for the coffee table. Just a quick reminder when we all need them that we have a purpose, and so does everyone around us. I love the synchronicity of the world, and I absolutely adore you for keeping an eye out for it and sharing the wonders as you find them! Thanks for participating in the challenge this week! 😀


  15. Mustang.Koji says:

    I think you can fit any shoe.


  16. What a wonderful response to the challenge and a strong message to be yourself and appreciate the uniqueness of each individual. I really loved this!


  17. viveka says:

    I love barefoot … the best way to be. We can do everything barefoot – but kicking a boll can be painful. *smile – What an amazing post. You’re so great with using your thoughts and words … and combine them in a playful way .. and able to give us some afterthoughts. Excellent, Colleen.


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  19. Heartafire says:

    This is fabulous. Love the artwork and the very inspiring pep talk.


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