Now there’s a question I once asked myself when looking at the bottom of my 15 month old well worn slippers. Well worn in fact, that there was hardly any sole left on one side, but almost half an inch on the other. Then it suddenly dawned on me – maybe walking around at an unnatural angle for so long had got the legs and knees used to that. Maybe, when running in a proper pair of running shoes instead of £8 slippers from Primark, my body is working the right way, not struggling from many months of incorrect posture.
Things were getting worse all the time, slowly but steadily, without me noticing, then all of a sudden, bang – the knee injury, without logical explanation. Many runners experience it, but I had done pretty much most things right. Running for almost 4 years, building up gradually, then knee pain – possibly through running on a camber, but now, looking at the slippers – through ignorantly training the foot to land wrong – just like a chiropractor will recommend that men do not put their wallets in their back pockets (irrespective of wealth and content, the thickness of the wallet will throw your back our of alignment).
Taking the comfy slippers a stage further, how often are we so content with everything around us, then we lose sight of what is really important. Perhaps putting on a pound a month (that’s nearly a stone a year), after 5 years, we have suddenly ballooned without noticing. Maybe it is casual money management – high interest on credit cards or debts, high charges on investments which drag on performance – all these things have a slow but sure detrimental effect on our well being and future. Maybe it is all the small things which stress us, we become over burdened – but without knowing. Our character suffers, our motivation drops, and all of a sudden, what we used to be able to do, is no longer possible, or at best, like climbing a mountain.
All these things point to the same thing – losing sight of our goals, qualities and aspirations. Just as the slippers became too comfy over time, and little by little, may have caused the leg to operate differently, not moving forward leads us to fall back. It seems comfy, but actually, its leading us to great discomfort which will suddenly rear its ugly head one day when we least expect it.
Stepping back, checking in and planning the way ahead are key essentials of any plan, be it financial, health or indeed for all of your life. The trouble is finding the time to do it, which again, is another whole area to work around.
Is this someone you see as part of the rest of your life? That may sound rather deep, but who else do you regularly talk to about your finances and most important plans in life.