To most people these are simple Asics running shoes, brought at any major athletics
Shop but to me they symbolise the beginning of my freedom and finding out exactly who I was.
My husband had left me and exactly three weeks to the day I lost my beloved son. The baby I had prayed about and waited for years to have, burying him felt like burying a major part of my heart and for a long time afterwards I felt like I wasn’t going to be able to survive just one more day without my son and husband by my side.
The day that I felt like I couldn’t even take one more breath was the day I brought these running shoes. I started just running five minutes at a time, then twenty and before I knew it I was running an hour each day. I started this journey by trying to run away from my pain but instead I started running through it. As my body got stronger so did my heart and my simple running shoes had taken me far from where I started.
They came with me to boxing classes where I learnt that I could be stronger than any man both physically and mentally, they came with me on the anniversary of my sons death up a mountain that took two days to climb, they were in the back seat of my car the day I drove to the divorce court and afterwards on my feet when I ran along the beach with tears streaming down my face.
So yes to some they symbolise just rubber and polyester but for me I know that these were the shoes that began the first day of the rest of my life, in these shoes I learnt just how strong I could be and no matter what life brings that as long as I keep on moving forward then I’m going to be just fine.