Wet Sneakers, or the Moral Equivalent Thereof

The July Project: Day 21

I headed to the park for my walk early today because my first Learn to Row class was tonight. I arrived there around 3:30, the hottest part of the day. I didn’t have to wait long for relief from the heat, though. The sky clouded over, and then about halfway through the first lap, it started to sprinkle. It didn’t rain for very long—maybe about 10 minutes—just enough to get me miserably wet. Then the sun came back out and turned all the fresh rain into a layer of hot steam that hovered over the trail.

It was too humid to dry out from the wetting, but it didn’t matter, because another one was coming anyway. As I got to the last half-mile leg of the 6½‑mile walk, the sky opened up. This time, it was more than a sprinkle. The torrential rain continued until about the time I arrived back at my car.

I wiped down my iPod as well as I could with my soggy sweat towel and threw it in the trunk of the car. I grabbed my gym bag and headed for the locker room in the tennis center. Then it dawned on me that I hadn’t brought an extra pair of shoes—I’d planned to put my running shoes back on to go to rowing class. No time to go home for another pair, though, so I resolved to endure wet feet for the next few hours. I showered, toweled off, dressed, and then squished my poor feet back into the sodden shoes.

I’ve tried to find a lesson in today’s outing, but I’m drawing a blank. If you decide to commit to exercising every day—or sticking to any rigorous plan of action—there will be days when you have to walk around in wet sneakers, or the moral equivalent thereof. But you will have done what you set out to do. Maybe the lesson here is that not every day contains a lesson. Some days you just have to get through.

1 comment to Wet Sneakers, or the Moral Equivalent Thereof

  • Sofia

    My Friend,

    I think the lesson is learned already. That you stuck with your intention to do something everyday and that above all else, that is what matters most. Wet shoes or not. Go you!

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