This is a guest post by Loren Wade of Unlifer. His blog launches today – so go check it out!
When I first read about the barefoot running trend a year ago, I thought it was kind of silly. I ended up reading more and more about it because I’m a fitness geek. I became drawn to the idea. Fast forward a few months, I found myself dumping my old shoes and embracing the minimalist barefoot community. Today, I own two pairs of Vibram Five Fingers (KSOs and Komodosports), a pair of New Balance Minimus, and some short Chuck Taylors (thinner sole) that I ripped the soles out of and put in some super feet. I won’t get into the why or how I did this, ’cause that’s Barefoot Dawsy’s job.
Needless to say, I’m addicted. It’s kind of ironic that embracing minimalism found me owning 4 different pairs of shoes.
You’re reading this for a reason though.
You know there’s still nothing quite like being barefoot.
I may own a bunch of shoes, but they mean nothing in the long run (pun intended). I still prefer feeling the earth beneath my feet. I still prefer walking and running the way our bodies were intended.
But what does it mean to live barefoot?
It means to simplify and live simply.
Truth is, I don’t need 4 different pairs of shoes. I could have found one pair that did almost everything I wanted. If you want to learn to run, go out and do it. You don’t need running shorts, running shirts, and runners everything to simply run. Just. Run. Learn from the right people (you’re here, aren’t you?) and just go out and do it. Embrace the adventure.
Steve Kamb over at Nerd Fitness constantly quotes Theodore Roosevelt, “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” This is what it means to live simply!
Living simply means having a balance!
Find a balance in everything. This doesn’t mean do everything in moderation, but find a balance on your investment to life. If you spend $150 for the best shoes or product, could you have found an equally or barely less quality product and save $50? Buy only what you need. Maybe for you, it’s a balance between life and work. Work as hard as you can but only work to the point where you receive an equal or greater return on investment. Sometimes this even means working a lot for a long period of time so you do not have to work later.
Simple is not friends with perfect.
In other words: don’t be a perfectionist.
Save for the best but don’t micromanage every detail. Be okay with making mistakes. This is how we learn. It’s okay to pay attention to the details after big picture is already under control. Until then, do only the essential tasks every day for home and work. If you do all of the most important things right away, you’ll have nothing to worry about and you’ll find yourself with a surplus of time to spend on things you want to do.
Like our bare foot on the ground, we also need to be…
Down to Earth!
Be real to people. Don’t fake who you are so people like you. Be honest. Be real. Be your personality. Love people even if they don’t deserve it and share your passions with other people. If they don’t like you, who cares? Living simple is living down to earth because it’s the easiest way to live. Who wants to pretend to be someone else their whole life? That’s confusing. Being down to earth also means being realistic. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.
In essence, simplicity is not easy. It’s actually tough and ironically not a simple process.
It’s a battle, but victory is worth it.
To run barefoot and live barefoot is to seek simplicity and live simply.