Yes. Your eyes are not deceiving you. This is a picture of my shoe.
My battered, weather-beaten shoe.
It may not look anything special to you, but to me, this picture symbolises a milestone in my life.
This week I tied my very own laces for the first time in 26 years!
No...I am not a complete lazy bum.....I suffer from left-side hemi paresis, meaning that my right side is a lot stronger than my left. I was a right DIVA when I was arriving into this world, and I had a stroke. Not really the smoothest of starts, but I never make a big deal of this. There are people out there who have it much worse than me. I was lucky, and just have to find different fabulous ways of doing things. I've got NO time for feeling sorry for myself. I have been way too blessed
I never like to really ask for help with anything. I am a redhead AND a Capricorn. I came out of the womb a stubborn goat! However, shoelaces have always been a conundrum for me. Growing up, I had one of those dolls with buttons, toggles, Velcro and a pair of laces to practice using. I was a master of everything besides the laces. The laces just boggled my little mind. I mean, I doubt the general two-handed populace has a little switch in their brain that they can flip and they are instantly skilled in tying shoelaces with one hand and lot of flexible digit action!
After nearly two decades of always begrudgingly asking people to tie my laces for me, I decided enough was enough. I was going to tackle this obstacle, and find a way to do this.
I was amazed at the number of tutorials I found online from a vast array of people with different conditions that meant they only had the use of one hand.....If they could do it, so could I!
I have nowhere near mastered the art yet, but it felt SO good to finally have a way to do something I had struggled with for so long. By talking inspiration from the tutorials I found, I was able to create my own technique that was easy for me to use, and now, untying my shoes at the end of the day never felt so good!
Shoelaces 0 - Ginger 1