Well, that title is misleading. There is no way I could walk a mile in these shoes. In fact, I only wear them for a few hours each year. These are my Vegas shoes.
Back home, I never wear these shoes. For one thing, there’s no place to wear them here. They don’t fit into my life in Suburbia, USA. For another thing, I’m afraid I’m going to break something when I wear them. If not an actual body part, then possibly a shattered ego in the event I spill onto my face. It’s not a totally unfounded fear; did you read that article about how dangerous it is just to take your daily shower? And remember that episode of Sex and the City when Carrie becomes “runway roadkill?” How these ladies do a “Heel Hop” workout in stilettos I will never understand.
But it is fun to shed my suburban persona for a few hours and teeter around the casino wearing a little glamor.
When I retired five years ago, I was really excited to shed my CPA persona and get a whole new identity. Losing your work identity is a struggle that some retirees have a hard time with. I embraced it whole-heartedly. I couldn’t wait to shed the buttoned-down accountant image and exchange it for a new one, something creative, fashionable, and hip. I thought once I retired and started blogging I would get a whole new identity.
Well as it turns out, I may enjoy a new creative outlet in retirement, but I’m not really any more fashionable or hip. In fact, I still enjoy creating spreadsheets for myself, managing my investments, and engaging in other accountant-like behavior. While I may have shed my career identity, it’s not like retirement gave me a personality transplant. I’m still the same person I was before I retired.
The truth is, I’m a sensible-shoe girl. That’s what fills the majority of my closet. So those Vegas shoes only transform my identity for a couple nights each year. Just like retirement, it may not have given me a whole new identity, but it has ever so slightly improved the one I enjoy now.
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