On Breaking In Shoes and Breaking Out of Your Comfort Zone

I recently bought a pair of plain-toe, leather, derbies (cognac). They’re lightweight, sharp and apparently well constructed. But they need to be broken in. Walking back to my office from lunch, they feel rigid and awkward. Life can be like that, like a new pair of shoes, especially when you’re trying something for the first time. Early last year I started piano lessons. I’ve played for years, but I never really committed myself to formal training until then. For the first few months, my forty-something-year-old fingers had minds of their own. Despite my earnest effort, they did whatever they wanted..
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