As a runner (I can call myself that now), there’s nothing quite like purchasing new running shoes.

They look great.

They feel great.

You get passing comments from other runners.

You want them to stay that way forever.

Except that you don’t.

If they stay new and shiny, it means that they’re not being used.

So wear them.

Wear them often.

Wear them until they no longer look new.

That’s why you bought them.

Not to show off before your first run.

But to carry you for the many miles ahead.

New shoes.

Unread books.

Tools that are still in their packaging.

The principle is the same.

You bought them.

You use them.

Even if it means that they lose their shine.