I was reading a book recently and there was this one phrase which stuck out
“The shoes always tell the story” — Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys
It was said by this character who, because of his experience with shoes, could make educated guesses about a person’s life because of the shoes that they were wearing. (In a similar way to Sherlock Holmes now that I think about it.) And I found that intriguing. The way in which the objects we own can tell a story of our lives. We might have memories attached to them, but other people can deduce (with varying degrees of success) part of the story behind the object.
Subconsciously we make decisions about other people because of the things that they have. We make assumptions because of what a person has or what they don’t have. We try to understand a person’s life because of what we can see.
There are times when this can be helpful. But I think a lot of the time when we jump to conclusions about people we then subconsciously judge them.
I still find it fascinating that people can discover things about life from simply looking at an object. But for me, I need to remember that observations are not always facts they are merely just what one person sees and the way they tell that story.
This is the first in a series of posts about how the things we own tell stories. I don’t know how many I’ll end up writing, but if you liked it and want to check out the next one, click here.