When was the last time you put yourself in someone else’s shoes? Sometimes a song is all I need to be moved to another set of shoes besides my own. A lot of that thought has been going through my mind over the past couple of days, and I can’t help but listen to this song when I need to feel like I belong in someone else’s shoes. I don’t know exactly what it is that makes my mind feel immediately removed from my body, prepared to place myself in another’s.
I’m not really good at it.
It’s really hard to put yourself in other people’s shoes. That’s the first thing you need to acknowledge next time you get scolded for not taking others into account. Especially when you’re in the dramatic, self-centered age of the twenties. Your job is to be self-involved and obsessed with yourself, so that when you’re no longer in your twenties, you can be a not self-involved, self-obsessed human being who can actually function from a day to day basis without an existential crisis. I’m only half joking, but I can say this because I am that twenty something which brings me back full circle to my preliminary point. Things are sometimes hard. In general. Dealing with oneself is hard enough and having to do so surrounded by others who also are dealing with themselves, can be a very difficult and tasking situation. Which is why I think I’ve come to realize that at least once a day, at the least, I should pretend I’m living someone else’s life. Maybe in the time that I take to zone out, or daydream about different countries…these are opportune times to imagine what my life would be like if I were someone else, specifically, someone else that I know.
It’s mind blowing for just five minutes, imagine what it’s like if your whole spiritual practice existed around that idea? I’m fascinated to think that people are probably capable of achieving this sort of enlightenment, if I may call it that, because I think that’s truly what it is. Sauvage has this way of putting me in another’s shoes, while keeping me hooked and focused. I love the way this song melts into a mellow tune that transforms into an ode.
I know that you are not a freak.”
Here’s to new perspectives and rude awakenings.