Kim Muench, Becoming Me Thought Leader
The other day I was getting a rare, but incredibly relaxing pedicure.
As I sat in the massage chair, vibrating at speed four, I looked down at my feet and thought, “In all of my fifty-three years, I have never thanked my feet for getting me to, and taking me through, where I am in my life.”
“Every single day. Rain or shine, frigid or fiery, I walk outside.”
Many Other Big Life Moments:
Do you have any idea what my feet have walked me through?!?!
Not only will they have taken me from my first step to my last, but they’ve also journeyed me through many other big life moments. My first day of school, my first solo bike ride, my first date. Also my first night at college (where I drank too much and threw up in my dorm room), my first pregnancy.
My feet also took me down the aisle with my husband thirty years ago. Four more subsequent pregnancies (including a forty-two-night stay in the hospital with baby number three). And it continued, all of the middle of the night wakings to feed a baby, take care of a sick child, and comfort the nightmares. They also gifted me the chance to crest several treks up Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona!
Every day since the beginning of COVID, these puppies take me on my goal of fifteen THOUSAND steps! Every single day. Rain or shine, frigid or fiery, I walk outside.
Storms Of Life:
They’ve been with me in the good times…like the day my husband and I renewed our vows at year twenty with our five kids as integral parts of the ceremony. They didn’t fail me when we moved from Wisconsin to Texas in 2007. Or, when my mom followed a few years later and now lives five minutes from our home. They were with me when I finally found a way to graduate from college at the age of forty-two.
“The one thing we can count on is our feet being the guide that will take us to the next step in our lives.”
They’ve also carried me through the inevitable storms of life…when my parents divorced, when I personally walked my eldest son into inpatient rehab, when I went into the hospital after being seriously ill for eight days and found out I had actually had meningitis.
We don’t give our feet nearly enough credit for carrying us through the normal tasks that go on each day, let alone the weight they carry when we are walking through something really hard or painful.
A decade ago, I got a little crazy and tattooed my right foot. I wonder if it felt assaulted? In my defense, I was inked with the words, “Let the journey never end.” I meant well, and I thought it was a symbolic place to put this thought-provoking statement. Let’s face it, there are some days in this physical life that feel like a never-ending, always changing journey.
The one thing we can count on is our feet being the guide that will take us to the next step in our lives.
Here’s to our feet! May we take as good care of them as they do us!
About the Author:
Kim Muench (pronounced minch, like pinch with an “m”) is a Jai (rhymes with buy) Institute for Parenting Certified Conscious Parenting Coach who specializes in working with mothers of adolescents (ages 10+). Knowing moms are the emotional barometer in their families, Kim is passionate about educating, supporting and encouraging her clients to raise their children with intention and guidance rather than fear and control. Kim’s three plus decades parenting five children and years of coaching other parents empowers her to lead her clients into healthier, happier, more functional relationships with compassion and without judgment.