Juan from Sneakernews wrote an article that i could really relate to and which caught me by surprise. Sneaker life lessons which of course sounds silly to people because they acquire sneakers for fashionable purposes or just to wear for their own use,but it does apply to us sneakerheads. Well according to Juan there are 10 life lessons which taught him, which of course made me think and realize what my sneakers taught me. Juan list the ten lessons and describes them with great detail.
10:Be Grateful For What You Have
Many times in life, we unknowingly become ungrateful in regards to what we have. Whether its your health, a roof over your head, not worrying about where our next meal will come from, even having a job, we take them all for granted. That shouldn’t be the case, we should definitely be grateful towards everything we have in our life. That includes our sneakers. So the next time you find yourself throwing a fit because you weren’t able to cop the newest Air Jordan retro, just remind yourself of allthe other shoes you own. Whether it’s 1 pair or 100, there’s unfortunate people out there that would love to trade places with you.
9: Stay Humble
No matter how much you have, or how much you own, one of the greatest qualities that you can have in life, is being humble. What you own or have shouldn’t define you. A person’s character and actions are far more important than anything you can buy with money. That definitely includes shoes. If you were blessed or lucky enough to have an amazing collection of sneakers, don’t let it get to your head. Owning 3 pairs of the Nike Yeezy 2 “Red Octobers” doesn’t make you any better than the next man rockin’ a pair of Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars. Humility is a good look on everybody.
8:Dont Judge a Book By Its Cover
I remember my mom telling me this over and over when I was younger. She would go on and tell me “Don’t let looks deceive you. Get to know the person/thing before you make up your mind simply on looks.” To this day, I still take her advice. Listen to your mothers, they
usually tend to be wise creatures. Same thing goes with sneakers. I remember the first time a laid eyes on the Nike Roshe Run One back in 2012. At first look, I thought to myself, “What the hell is that?! It looks flimsy, it looks looks cheap and the sock like structure is dumb” Boy was I wrong. Fast forward to 2015 and I’m looking for pair number 15 to add to my collection. The shoe is super comfortable, very versatile, and comes in an array of colors (even though the latest colorways have definitely been subpar. Step it up Nike!). Which goes to show, sometimes looks do deceive you. Kinda like me, I may not be the nicest thing to look at, but one thing’s for sure, I have a heart of gold (shameless plug).
If it was easy, everyone would do it”. I love that quote. That quote can correlate with everything difficult that you do in life. Things like: Working hard to get that promotion. Eating healthy and working out to lose some excess weight. Graduating from college. All these things present a challenge that many fear to take on, but those who remain persistent are the ones who accomplish their goals in life. Much of the same can be said about sneakers. Let’s say you’re looking for a pair of the latest Air Jordan retros, say the Air Jordan 11 ‘Georgetown’. You struck out on the release date and didn’t get a call back on the raffles. What else is there to do? Do you succumb to the resellers market and pay the after market price? No! If you’re set on not paying a penny over retail, stay committed to your persistence. If you do your research long enough, you may just find a seller out there not trying to make a profit on their shoes, they just need them gone, at retail! Heck, you may even luck out and catch them on a restock from Footlocker. Moral of the story, if you’re persistent long enough, you may get what you’re looking for.
Something I’ve noticed being around the sneaker culture all the time, is that we get too caught up on upcoming releases instead of focusing on the shoes we have now. We’re always looking for the next hottest must have release, when little do we know, we have a stack of shoes in our closet waiting to be worn, right now! Much like in life, we should definitely focus on what is present. Stop focusing on the past or future. The past is over with, the future is yet to arrive, so let’s not worry about it. Speaking of focusing on the present, I think it’s time to bust out my Air Jordan ‘White Cement’ 4s. It’s been a while since I’ve worn them. There’s no better time to wear them than the present, right?
5:Follow your curiosity
This is what makes you an individual. When you follow your curiosity, you become your own influence. No one but yourself made you look towards that direction. You become your own man/woman. That’s dope. If you’re into a certain type of music, way of life, sport, hobby, go for it! Nothing is stopping you! It’s perfectly fine to be ‘JuanofaKind’ (Editor’s Note: Yup, he went there). Same thing can be said about shoes. I remember I used to think of New Balance sneakers as old grandpa shoes that I would never wear, but there was always something about their simplicity and minimalistic aesthetics that intrigued me. Fast forward to the present and New Balance is now considered one of my favorite sneaker brands out there. Once I put foot on a pair of New Balance 574’s, I knew I made the right decision. What I’m trying to say is, if I would have never followed my curiosity, I would have never known what a New Balance shoe had to offer. Plus, do you REALLY want to be like every other person and only rock retros. That’s not a good look. Try something new, you never know, you might like it. #FightTheHype
You’re never going to progress if you’re afraid to fail or make mistakes. You’re gonna slip in life. There’s no doubt about that. You may make mistakes in school, your career, relationships, having that second slice of chocolate cake, but as long as you learn from it, it’s all good! You’re also going to go through these same mistakes when it comes to sneakers. A perfect example could be overpaying for a shoe you ‘need’. By overpaying on this instinct purchase, you’re now forced to eat top ramen for the rest of the month. Now that you think about it, maybe paying that high price tag for that pair of Royal Blue 1s wasn’t such a good idea after all, huh? Well, there’s nothing you can do about it now, it’s over and done with. What you can do though, is LEARN and GROW from your mistakes. Next time, I’m sure you’re going to think twice before making that instinct purchase. Right? Right?!
Value yourself and know your worth. You are the deciding factor on how everyone else views yourself. The way you carry yourself and the way you value yourself is clearly apparent to everyone you surround or affiliate yourself with. Same thing can be said about everything you own. You could own something that isn’t worth a whole lotta money, but if you yourself treat it with value, you will CREATE value for it in the eyes of everybody else. Somebody could own a collection of shoes that do not include any Jordan retros, foamposites, Yeezy’s or any other hyped up shoe on the market, but that person views their collection with VALUE. They’re all normal general releases, nothing “special” about them, but if you create value for your collection, so will everyone else. Create your value and know your worth, people
When you’re young you feel like you need to do everything at once. Everything needs to be decided instantly, we need to plan out our lives, experience everything, be successful, get married, have kids, find the meaning of life, all at the same time. That’s not how life works. You’re going to hit bumps on the road, even road blocks, that’s for certain. Let your life unfold, so to speak. See where life takes you, take time to weigh your options and go along for the ride. Allow yourself to think and plan. Having goals and plans in life is an essential part of living, but if you’re not careful you may go too fast and you’re going to find yourself burned out and out of gas. Same thing with sneaker collecting. Don’t rush into it! Don’t feel like you have to buy every single release that comes out every single weekend! That’s not how it works. Weigh your options, do your research, and then make that sneaker purchase. You will value your collection a whole lot more and you won’t have to succumb to reselling your unwanted shoes on Craigslist to buyers looking to get a “good deal’ from you. By the way, always take precaution and be careful if you decide to go this route. There’s some people out there that are willing to do petty things for a pair of shoes.
1:Live in the moment
Live in the moment, that’s some of the best advice anyone could ever share with you. Wherever you’re at in life, live it. Be thankful, be kind, smile, take notice of the world, be optimistic and don’t worry about anything you can’t control. Like the homie Bob Marley once said “Don’t worry about a thing, cause every little thing is gonna be alright.” So go out there and enjoy life! Undeadstock your favorite sneakers today (or tomorrow if it’s too late), wear them, show them off, enjoy them, appreciate them. Don’t leave your shoes inside their box to collect dust, that’s no fun. Basically what I’m trying to say is, live in the moment. The present time is the best time to wear your sneakers.