The mile high club (and mile high shoes) — and how they hold the meaning of life

As you may have realized from the last few posts, I made it through last week’s surgery with flying colors, and am actually rapidly on the mend.

But still, it’s been a really long ordeal – and I think in some ways, it was a blessing — helped me to to transform my state of consciousness, and in a way, taught me to be more alive.

It is easy to get so caught up in our daily dramas that we become consumed by worry. The pressures of the every day are incredibly numbing to the pleasures of life — and I’ve often found myself forgetting how to experience the pleasure of BEING. Simply, uncomplicated, being.

In the words of John Mayer, “Your Body is a Wonderland”. (But so is your universe, and your friends, and your shoe closet — more on that in a bit) – and John’s lyrics, while maybe about a physical body, can totally be ascribed to how I feel about LIFE right now:

Damn baby
You frustrate me
I know you’re mine all mine all mine
But you look so good it hurts sometimes

We are living in wonderland, but usually we don’t notice that!  How could we when we’re always griping and complaining? The easiest way to wake up to everything that there is that is awesome is to remember to fantasize, and to live in the moment, and to do things that are totally incredibly indulgent and self-loving and sexy and gratuitous and fun – and  to remember to wonder… to look at the world around us with new eyes … to see things as if for the first time and the last time.

I recently received a pitch that included a quote from the British playwright Dennis Potter, and it so describes what I’ve been trying to realize but never really could adequately verbalize:

‘. . . at this season, the blossom is out in full now, there in the west early. It’s a plum tree, it looks like apple blossom but it’s white, and looking at it, instead of saying “Oh that’s nice blossom” … last week looking at it through the window when I’m writing, I see it is the whitest, frothiest, blossomest blossom that there ever could be, and I can see it.

For Potter, things were both more trivial than they ever were, and more important than they ever were, and the difference between the trivial and the important doesn’t seem to matter. And that’s the most important message I can possibly inpart upon you.

But the nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous, and if people could see that, they’d know that. So what does that mean? It means maybe I’ll have some rainbow cookies — just because it’s Thursday. And maybe I’ll join the Mile High Club this summer. Or maybe not…I think maybe you can get arrested for that, and I really don’t look good in stripes. But maybe I’ll join the mile high SHOE club.

These Balenciaga Glycine Wedge Espadrilles ($935) are way too high for my comfort level — too expensive, too tall, and and too…too…TOO! Which is totally while I think I need to own them. Maybe the big vertical boost will start my summer off on the high note that had been missing from winter and spring. (Plus, imagine that grape hue with a white sundress!!!)

You guys, here’s my thought, and I’d love you to join me: Henceforth, lets banish the things and people and jobs and hobbies and EVERYTHING that make us feel anything negative. That is, anything less than awesome. Always. Goal for the next (however many) decades: We need to experience pleasure — and lots of it —  we need to travel and experience things that taste delicious (and men who are delicious as well) and we need to savor the fantasy and the pleasure – because that’s the best way to live. Not to focus on the pain and the problems but the fun and and the fantastical. And do so in fabulous shoes, obviously.


  1. Dan Aronoff

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading your post and I can literally feel where you are coming from. My positivity is being dragged down by this seemingly never ending job hunt, but tonight I’m going out and eating what I want and just valuing good times with friends. My hope is that you reach all of the goals you mentioned and that people learn from your words to live for the moment, once in a while. Thanks. Dan

  2. JD Northwest

    I’m in.

  3. Nancy Reid

    Not to throw cold water on your face but really Aly these shoes beg the question …. How long can I realistically walk in them without taking a fall? They are cute and the color is fabulous but come on they are beyond unpractical!!

  4. ravzie

    You know, I wore some platforms like that in the 70s. My favorite pair was red with spiders and webbing on the side. I thought I was Miss Cool for sure! Now I look at those and think of the pain with wearing and falling from them.

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