Photo Friday- Old Friends

I officially retired my gym sneakers today.  The soles are coming off the bottom so they are done.  They have been in my gym bag for at least ten years.  They have been reliable and comfortable which is about all you can ask for from a pair of shoes.  I have beat them up pretty good through the years.  They survived countless abuse on the treadmill, the elliptical machine, stepper and other exercise duties.

Kathy has tried to throw them away numerous times.  I have resisted because the shoes are like old friends.  They don’t have the best support or cushioning, yet they are soft, pull on easy and dependable. 

I have to admit that I have a bunch of clothes that are like this.  They don’t look great, but they are worn in, soft to the touch, and always there when I need them.  Kathy has actually ripped shirts off of me when she is over my friendship with a particular shirt that I am fond of.

Do you have friends like this?  Not clothes, but folks who have these characteristics?  

Friends that you have known for a very long time.

Friends that are easy.

Friends where you pick right up where you left off.

Friends that are soft and comfortable.

Friends that don’t care what you look like.

Friends that are always dependable.

Maybe you should let them know how much you appreciate them?  We lose track of time and sooner of later they may come apart like my shoes.  

My shoes provided me with a very long relationship, and it may be crazy, but I will miss them.  I bought a new pair and they have far better cushioning but they are stiff and not nearly as comfortable  Over time I will break them in and I am sure they will be fine.  But I will miss my old friends.  I am grateful for the many years we had together!  

About Joe Passkiewicz

Joe Passkiewicz is a management consultant working in the construction industry and lead contributor of Leading By Serving, Leadership is for Everyone.

2 thoughts on “Photo Friday- Old Friends

  1. Joe! I call these friends my “cactus relationships”-
    -I don’t have to water them everyday (check on them, we all are busy with life)
    – they aren’t needy
    – they “stick me” when I need it (dead honest when it would hurt)
    Hope you are doing well!

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