Last weekend I parted ways with my favorite pair of sneakers; my new balance 996’s. I had to get rid of them because they were walking themselves as my wife would say. She said you find sentimental value in everything you own. I said I know but they were good to me over the years. She said don’t worry you can say your goodbyes as I cremate them. I laughed but it made me realize something. We tend to cherish things not because of physical aspect but because of the memories they possess. Those shoes had been with me through a very difficult transitioning period in my life. I was experiencing turbulence in every facet of my existence but in those shoes I walked through it all and became a better man. I guess the shoes served as a reminder of how far I had came as a man. I was no longer that angry, unstable man. I had transcended the majority of negativity I had holding me down. But for some reason I wanted to remember what I was and not what I am now. I guess I felt like I had lost something but in reality I had gained so much. I had gained perspective and strength through the transition. When you have a weight or burden on you for so long and it’s removed you feel weird. The shoes were like me worn down but far from defeated. The flux of life I suppose. Nothing stays the same for too long no matter how bad things may seem. Goodbye 996’s hello 565’s.