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7 Life Lessons you didn’t know a Shoe can teach you


Get ready for a series of articles that are about to blow your mind. I have hand-picked 6 daily usage items/machines (namely Air conditionerCap, Shoe, PenTable, and Car) which we all can relate to very well, and have elaborated in detail what we all can and should learn from these items. This is part 6(of 6) of the “Learn from Everything” Series.

If you think about it, that’s what a learning attitude is all about at the end of the day. If you have it in you, you can learn from any and every goddamn thing in life

You can learn from good people and you can learn from bad people, you can learn from good situations and you can learn from bad situations, you can learn from the positive and you can learn from the negative, you can learn from successes and you can learn from failures, you can learn from other people and you can learn from yourself, you learn from the living and you can definitely learn from the nonliving.

And, that’s exactly what we are gonna do. So, let’s get the party started.


What can we Learn from a Shoe?


Life Lesson #1: You’re capable of much more than you think you are

It’s funny, we humans at times think so less of ourselves. If someone counts our shortcomings or undermines us, we pretty easily accept that “yeah we might not be as great as we think we are”. But when someone comes and genuinely tries to praise you or appreciate you, you’d generally try to shake them off or something. 

So, boys and girls, learn from shoes. A shoe can even support someone who’s roughly 60-100 times its weight. Crazy, isn’t it? If a nonliving object can carry so much weight on itself so meticulously and effortlessly, why can’t we full-grown homosapiens handle some pressure and stress? Food for thought.


Life Lesson #2: One size doesn’t fit all

About time we modify our mindset and normalize treading on the road less traveled. We were all born in different situations, went through different circumstances, have entirely different memories, think differently, feel differently, see things differently, so it’s not just stupid but abhorrent when people expect you to live the same way everyone else is living.

Even shoes come up in a variety of sizes to fit different feet, so why can’t we be a tad more flexible with our beliefs and ideologies and become more accepting and empathetic instead of being judgemental and cruel?


Life Lesson #3: Stay Humble, Stay Grounded

It doesn’t matter whether your shoe is cheap or expensive, branded or local, handmade or machine-made, it only looks good when it stays grounded. You aren’t gonna put a pair over your head even if there are diamonds engraved in your gold-plated shoes. They always have to remain beneath your feet.

Just like that, we should also learn this lesson from shoes and never forget our true place. It doesn’t matter how successful you become, or how much money you can burn, or how much fame you amass, never forget your roots, literally. 

You may have touched the sky, but make sure your feet are always on the ground lest you will fall smashing your face down.


Life Lesson #4: Keep Cleaning and Polishing Yourself 

Zig Ziglar once said, “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” So, just like you clean and polish your shoes from time to time to bring back that original shine whenever they get masked by a layer of dirt, you also gotta polish yourself not only physically, but also mentally to shine through.

The next time you feel like you are losing motivation, just remember this lesson from a shoe and make sure you are not letting the dirt and the scum rot yourself down, and make you smelly and stinky. Keep wiping the sludge out.


Life Lesson #5: Clearly Define the roles of Master and Slave

It’s very apparent that you are the master and your shoes are the slave. You dictate where you wanna go, when you wanna go, and how much you wanna walk. You are not really answerable to your shoes in any way. So, these are clearly defined roles, as you wish the shoes will have to follow.

Now, what will happen if suddenly the shoe magically gets this power to dance you around according to its own whims and desires? That’s gonna be catastrophic, to say the least(though it would be quite a sight to watch). 

If you look at your life closely, you will probably come to see all those scenarios where you should be the master but are actually the slave, and what was supposed to be the slave is acting like the master, literally controlling you like a puppet, which ain’t no good.

Yes, I am talking about your thoughts. The majority of the population have become a slave to their own thoughts and have grown so accustomed to it that they forgot they were supposed to be the master in the first place. Your desires, your fears, your feelings, your emotions are primarily driving your life if you think about it.

 Take a step back, and decide whether you are ok being the slave or wanna take action to change the dynamics to the way they were supposed to be?


Life Lesson #6: Ego is the Enemy

If a single shoe starts thinking really high of himself and becomes self-conceited and starts considering everyone including its other better half below him, then he won’t even realize how quickly the world will throw him down the gutter.

A single shoe is a worthless piece of leather and plastic. It needs its partner to be complete and be useful for others. Similarly, you also need to be one with the universe to actually live a fulfilled and happy life.

So, never bloat your ego to such an extent that you start cutting everyone off and consider them as someone who’s below you in your own imaginary ladder of power. You alone can’t really do anything substantial in life.

Learn to replace your “I, me, and myself” with “We, us, and ours” and your life will become happier.


Life Lesson #7: Sole is the Soul

The sole of the shoes is their soul without which the shoe won’t be able to sustain itself for long. Just like the shoes, we also need to cater to our soul, our real self, to actually be able to live our best life.

If you let your soul rot, it’s needless to say that pretty soon you are also gonna become redundant. The stronger your soul, the more competent you will be to solve the upcoming challenges or climb the forthcoming mountains in your life.


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But, wait, that’s I am not done yet. I am not gonna limit this party to just myself, so I want you guys too to come up with any object and your observations regarding what you can learn from it. You can email me your response at [email protected], just make sure to add the relevant subject “Learn from Anything: …..”, fill in the dotted line with whatever object you chose and I will add your response in this series, provided that it’s amazing.

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