“I think that’s what we all want, in the end.
To know that we left footprints when we passed by, however briefly.
We want to be remembered.
So remember us.” —- Mike A. Lancaster,
Footprints are the impressions or images left behind by a person walking or running. Hoofprints and paw prints are those left by animals with hooves or paws rather than feet, while “shoe prints” is the specific term for prints made by shoes. That is one dictionary definition for them.
We are all born with a unique and individualized set of footprints. At birth our footprints are recorded and our very existence is recorded in the public record. This is a very private and personal event but we are too young to fully appreciate the importance of the recording.
As we mature our patents and teachers, coaches and counsellors, friends and neighbors continually ask us what we want to do in life: “Will you follow in your father’s / mother’s footprints?”
We all want to make some contribution in life which will leave a personal memorial to us of having been born and lived on the planet. Following another’s footprint is a guideline and really not a blueprint for your own existence.
Many times following in the path of another leaves a person frustrated and unfulfilled. You have to make your own tracks in life no matter who you are or where you live.
Footprints lead in many diverse directions. They lead to and away from a situation and at times offer the perplexed and harried person the chance to escape from a situation that they deem insurmountable.
There is always choice in life to break the mold and cut out on your own.
Being a trailblazer at times means experiencing the person you really are regardless of where that path might go.