Why I walk Barefooted

We’ve been told all of our lives the dangers of walking barefoot. We’ve been advised to stay on the well-worn path, for the path is a corridor to safety. There are many risks lurking, which we will experience when and if we walk barefoot. Walking barefoot involves risk, effort, and curiosity. When we are children, we are taught to dream and explore; yet as we age we forget how to do these things.

They say…

When you walk in barefooted, you will cut yourself.

When you walk barefooted, your feet will get cold.

When you walk barefooted, your feet will become dirty.

When we stop walking barefoot, we stop being curious. All too often we forget that there lays a world waiting to be explored outside the confines of the well-worn path. I think that there is more too life than just playing it safe. Author Chuck Palahniuk was quoted, as saying, “I don’t want to die without any scars”.  Helen Keller once described, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing”. These two maxims, articulate the metaphor of walking barefooted.

I like to walk barefooted so that my feet, skin, and muscles become calloused and more resilient.

As my feet strengthen, I too feel stronger, and more stable. This is an incredibly valuable state of mind and being.

I like to walk barefooted so I can feel the temperature of the environment.

Our feet are our most utilized touch points by which we experience the earth. It is a shame that we spend so much of our lives with shoes on. We filter the connection described; we circumvent this ever-present link to our environment.

I like to walk barefooted so that my feet become dirty.

I don’t want to die without scars, and I don’t want to live without dirt on the soles of my feet. The dirt serves as that proof you’ve dreamed. The dirt is a reminder to get out and explore.