365 Challenge: Day 59 – Shoe-less!

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Shoe-less: lacking an exterior covering on one’s feet

OK, so here’s something a bit amusing. A few weeks ago, I noted that one of the words to describe me was retentive, but I also acknowledged that I sometimes completely forget easy words. Well folks, that just happened… I hopped out of the shower, got dressed and took my seat on the couch to prepare the daily word. And I looked at my feet as I propped them up in front of me and said… “you hate shoes. it’s time to blog about that.” And I tried to think of the word to describe it and could only come up with “shoe-less.” I looked up the official definition and then for a picture of it… and I knew there was a better word for it, but I couldn’t remember it. Bang! The picture said “barefoot.” But now I’m too lazy to update the word and definition, so you are stuck with “shoe-less.”

But back to the purpose of the post… you must be questioning my sanity for choosing this as a 365 daily characteristic, especially since most are traits about a personality. Sure, I had short, strong, AtoZ and genetics in the past, but those clearly speak to parts of who I am. But barefoot, really, Jay?

{Aside: I seem to be talking to myself a lot more lately. Please remind me when I get too far away from being slightly odd and find the inevitable way to eccentric and obtuse. Thank you.}

Yes, shoe-less, Jay. It’s actually a word that has many implications. Let’s review them:

  1. Certain countries have taboos against or for wearing shoes.
  2. In the past, if a suspected witch wore shoes, people thought she had a better chance of cursing someone. {Aside: So you better watch out for me… I HATE wearing shoes.}
  3. Studies show than people who go barefoot, more often than not, put less stress on their knees and ankles and help prevent osteoarthritis.
  4. Barefoot generally means dryer feet, which ultimately helps keep Athlete’s foot from finding its way to you.
  5. It’s a more natural gait, eventually leading to a more relaxed posture with less forceful pressure on your body.
  6. You’re more open to pickup a virus, fungus or cut your toes when stepping on something sharp or infected.
  7. Your feet get much dirtier.
  8. Barefoot Contessa. That’s all I need to say.
  9. Barefoot and pregnant. What a saying…
  10. Many people find feet ugly and/or disgusting; therefore, being shoe-less might cause you to lose a few friends!
  11. Some places won’t let you in unless you’re wearing shoes.

So… to put it in perspective…being barefoot is probably only good for certain kinds of people — Shy ones who don’t like running around all over the place and already keep themselves relatively clean and relaxed. HEY, THAT’S ME!!!

On a more serious note (yes, all that was true): let’s bring this back to me. Why don’t I like wearing shoes… well for one, this happens:

  1. I’ve already noted I am warm-blooded, which means wearing shoes tends to make me hotter. Hence, I avoid them whenever I’m in my own home.
  2. I’ve always been like this, and since I didn’t wear shoes much as a child, my feet spread a little wider than normal. Shoes are always tight on me.
  3. I like the sensation of my feet touching things… the ground, textures… it helps me feel connected to whatever it is I’m doing.
  4. I find feet sexy. Not sure about my own, but hey… you tend to do the things you like to see in other people.
  5. It’s constricting. I prefer to wear looser items… unless I’m going out or trying to impress someone. Then I let vanity win for a few hours and squeeze into a tight black v-neck t-shirt, looking all… never mind. You don’t care!

Where have we ended up? Determining what it says about us when we prefer to be barefoot or shoe-less:

  • You like being free, ready for something new, open and connected to the earth.

Is that me? Is that you? After 59 days… it’s time to get down-n-dirty… spill it, or beware the repercussions of this barefoot man!

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.


2 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 59 – Shoe-less!

    susandyer1962 said:
    May 10, 2017 at 7:45 AM

    Haha this is funny! I hate shoes too! For eleven months out of the year, I’m in flip flops and sandals!! Now, bought tight black t shirt?? Haha

    Awesome post and have a great day!


      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 10, 2017 at 11:18 AM

      Ha! Another fan of no shoes. Love it. Yes… I’m a tshirt guy!


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