How do you get unstuck?
a journey through the boot-eating bogs of my childhood
As a child I spent a lot of time outdoors.
It rained lots. It was wet a lot of the time.
Rubber boots were necessary.
There were rivers, brooks, bogs and swamps.
And where they put in the new subdivision?
Vast, rolling plains of mud.
Getting a boot stuck was common.
The first rule about getting stuck is to freeze.
If you don’t freeze, you risk loosing your boot in the mud. The next step is likely unpleasant, muddy, wet and depending how far from home you’ve been exploring, lasting much longer than you would like.
Next? Assess the situation. Can you lift your toes, lock your boot and extract foot and boot together? Are there things nearby that you can support yourself with? Are there people nearby on solid enough ground to help you?
Are you at risk of going too deep, filling your boot and ending up with a soaker?
Can you pull your foot from the boot then remove the boot with your hands while somehow keeping your other foot clean?
Once unstuck, will you end up in a state where you’re fit to keep going?
Getting unstuck is one part of the matter, being able to live with what you had to do to get unstuck is the next part.
Staying stuck, when out bush wacking was never an option.
We all get stuck sometimes.
Life is a creative process of being and becoming. Sometimes that process gets lost in a swamp. Sometimes we get stuck in unyielding plains of mud. We’ve all been there.
We can help each other through by helping each other tap in to what’s around us. Where is there solid ground? Where can you get a footing? How can we get support? How do we get out and keep moving? What happens when we get a soaker? What happens when the support falls away?
How to get unstuck then? Pause. Assess the situation. Look for support. Assess where you think there might be solid ground. Use your judgement. Be patient.
Get yourself unstuck and come home with both of your boots, either in your hand or on your feet. Ultimately, it’s up to you
It’s like the old saying goes:
Rubber baby buggy bumpers bumped a bum behind a burgundy bench.