My Shoes: An Excellent Short Film with a Deep Lesson

· September 2, 2016

“My Shoes” is an excellent short film with a great lesson to teach about the values of life. It is a short film that shows us that each of us wins the lottery every single time we get to open our eyes each morning.

There are no guidelines or instruction manuals for life. Nobody teaches us to breathe, because that is supposed to be a survival instinct. We come into this world prepared to do it. The same cannot be said about appreciating the things we have in life, and that is something we should all learn.

But still, nobody teaches us. To learn involves to struggling against the world and the tide. Hence, we think that it is not really necessary. That if it were, we would be born ready and already knowing.

While you wish for the things you don’t have, you don’t enjoy the things within your reach

The short film “My Shoes” shows us that everything we long for too strongly becomes a black hole, a point of chaos that keeps us from enjoying and appreciating the things we have. Let’s watch it together:

As Mario Benedetti said, “we all want what we can’t have, we are fanatics of the forbidden.” He who has the most is not necessarily the most happy, but rather it is he who settles for less or, in other words, he who knows how to take advantage of the things around him.


Life is so short that we cannot wait for what we want to come to us. We need to run towards it. Because in the end, what matters and counts are not the years in our life, but the life in our years.

A good summary of this short is reflected in this Holstee Manifesto, which is full of premises that we should keep in mind throughout our lives:

This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, leave it. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop. They will be waiting for you when you are doing things you truly enjoy. 

Stop analyzing everything; life is simple. Every single emotion is fantastic. When you are eating, savor and appreciate every bite. Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people. We are united by our differences. Ask the next person you see what is their passion and share an inspiring dream with them. 

Travel often; getting lost will help you. Some opportunities only come once, take advantage of them. Life is the people you know, and the things you create with these people. Go out and start creating. Life is short. Live the dream. Carry out your passion. 

blue butterfly on a dandelion

Enjoying what we have is the best way to live, but in order to do this we should remember a few things:

  • You have to be consistent with yourself.
  • Once in a while, it’s okay to stop talking and to listen.
  • We cannot let anyone else decide for us.
  • Things will only improve if we move forward.
  • Your happiness consists of appreciating what you have and not excessively desiring what you don’t have.
  • You only fail if you abandon your goals; stumbles are part of the process.
  • You don’t have to compete. You don’t have to prove anything to anyone. We don’t have to accomplish what others have accomplished. We simply have to overcome our own limits.
  • Becoming distracted and being worn down by the things we don’t have implies that we are not enjoying what we do have.

At the end of the day, you have a long life to live, but in time there is only one life to enjoy. If at some point we feel that we are forgetting the advice mentioned above, then we should sit down, drink a cup of tea and take a look at our reasons to keep moving forward.

Let’s not wait to reach the summit to enjoy the view. Every position and situation has something beautiful to admire. Each point of our journey can become a dream even when we believe we are in the middle of a terrible nightmare.