The Things You Find When Moving…

December 20, 2022
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December 20, 2022 Nick Engvall

The Things You Find When Moving…

Although I’ve been a bit short on the words for recent blog posts because I’ve been moving, writing is still one of my favorite things to do. Ever since I was a kid, it’s helped me process things and explain things in more poignant ways than I could verbally. In a way I feel like writing also helps me organize and make sense of the millions of thoughts and ideas in my head.

When I first got paid to write, it was such a crazy feeling. It was a dream come true, but also I wondered if it would take away the energy that I got from it. It has in both cases, but thankfully, much more of the former. The one thing that’s always weird is revisiting anything I write.

Most of the time, like today, I come across something that makes me think about a piece that I wrote. Reading it again years later, I don’t know that I’ve become that much better at writing (I surely haven’t learned to follow grammatical rules any better), but I definitely feel my mental flow and the organization style of my writing HS become much more in sync.

Today, I came across this ornament from the 2010 World Series. As a lifelong San Francisco Giants fan, that time was incredibly important to me and my family. I get goose bumps just thinking about it. Seeing the ornament also reminded me of writing “The Greatest Ticket I Never Used…”. It was the first time I was able to write about my own personal experience and something as important to me as the Giants. I wrote it on this blog originally, but when my coworkers read it, they suggested I publish it on the Eastbay Blog as well. It felt good to have someone think my story was worth reading. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it there now. Nevertheless , reading it takes me back to one of the most special moments of my life, and really the first time seeing my grandfather cry. He and my grandmother moved on to their next life this year, which makes it even more emotional. It’s crazy how powerfully the feelings come back, all because of this cheap little World Series ornament that I found in one of my boxes.

Reading it, well, I could definitely do better now, but I’ll try not to be too hard on myself this time around. 🙃


Nick Engvall

Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector, and Sneaker News, helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, StockX, and Stadium Goods better connect with their consumers, has an addiction to burritos and Sour Patch Kids, and owns way too many shoes for his own good.

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