As a culture, we put so much emphasis on appearing perfect. Unfortunately, using a cane does not help to create this image of perfection. This is just one of the reasons that people are incredibly reluctant to use their canes. They often avoid doing so even at the risk of their health and comfort. If you are one of these individuals, it is important to know that you are not alone and that you certainly have to feel this way. Here are just a few reasons that your walking cane is not as horrible as you imagine:
1. It Helps You Get Around
Walking around with a cane can make you feel self-conscious. At times, it may feel as though all eyes are on you, judging. First off, most people are probably not paying all that much attention to you to make such an observation. Even if they are, consider the alternative. If you feel as though a cane is drawing attention, how much more focus would be placed on you if you were falling all over the place? Exactly, you would be getting many more stares if you kept stumbling and plummeting to the ground every so often. That would be a lot worse and your cane is actually helping to combat this potential problem.
2. It’s A Fashion Accessory
Way back when, walking canes were actually seen as a fashion accessory. Even more recently, celebrities such as Scott Disick decided to bring it back. Make your cane work for you and ensure that it is always seen as essential yet stylish part of your ensemble. If you can, have several canes to match different outfits. Remember to make a little bit of an extra effort when it comes to special events and you will have everyone talking about your attire and accessory!
3. You’re In Good Company
Ever feel like celebrities are such perfect individuals? They can’t possibly have any physical flaws, can they? Well, you will be surprised to realize that there have been numerous celebrities who have shown up on red carpets, cane in hand. It was not as a fashion statement, either. Due to injuries, stars like Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Usher, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jennifer Aniston have had to use canes. Like these admittedly more famous individuals, you are just trying to help yourself to get from one point to another as easily as possible.
4. It’s A Great Self Defense Tool
When you have a walking cane, you are never unarmed. For a brief period of time, many gentlemen, decades ago, actually had sword canes. Of course, it would be incredibly dangerous for you to have one of these. However, you don’t actually need to tailor it or change it in any way. On its own, your stick will provide you will all of the security that you need. After all, people will be much less likely to attack you if they see that you are already armed.
If you are feeling down about your walking cane, cheer up! There are plenty of reasons that you have not been dealt such a bad hand with your cane.