Literature: The Boots

Old man and young man meet. Young man says: “Why do I have to wait so long to get what you already have? I want it now. And I want more of it.” Old man not looking at him: “And why just can’t I get back to where you are? I can live my way, I have everything, and yet I won’t get back to what I once used to be.” Young man glances blankly at the shiny shoes of the Old “You want to get here, to me?” and shows him his worn out boots. “Only to fret that you can’t be as far as you’re now?” The Old looks on the boots, recognizes that he once wore the same, then looks on his silver watch and says with a firm voice: “I know that you will understand soon. For we’re running in circles and here it all begins again.”