Thursday, 5 May 2016

Heavy Feet

I was talking to one of my fellow workshop attendees at the break, and the topic of conversation was the weather, as it seems to be a common topic for people who are pretty well strangers.

It was a beautiful sunny day though there was still a bit of chill in the air. I said how wonderful it would be to have the warmer weather, to be back in sandals. Or, I laughed, crocs, as I had worn my crocs all winter instead of boots.

I commented that the running shoes I'd worn for years in lieu of boots had come apart at the seam, leaking something awful. I just couldn't replace them with boots, as they make my feet feel so heavy, and then I get so fatigued.

He gave me a surprised look, and laughed. "You're right," he said. "Walking in heavy boots is harder than most people would think or consider."

I don't know if winter boots, or any heavy footwear, are on a list of those things that cause fatigue, but they should be.

Right along with my brown winter coat. It's made of Melton cloth, a wool fabric, I think, and it's long, mid calf length. That coat is so heavy to wear, it tires me out, especially if I were to wear the winter boots at the same time.

Knowing the coat is an issue, I avoid wearing it on a daily basis, tell myself it's my 'good' coat, and save it for special occasions.

That's one thing I really liked about the workshop, that instant bond of understanding and the shared challenges. I was not alone in my appreciation that warmer weather had arrived, and for a few months,  we won't have to suffer the pain and fatigue of 'heavy feet'.

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