One morning, the mother of 3 was scheduled in for a styling appointment with a client, and this client happened to be a nurse. Upon settling into her chair, the woman quickly dozed off and Ashley got to work. She not only ensured that she did her job well, but the stylist went the extra mile to  make sure that the nurse was comfortable in her seat by allowing her to rest her ahead against Ashley’s stomach.

So what was it that really made her so feel so strongly about appreciating the nurse that was in her chair? It was more than just the fact that the young woman was clearly exhausted and hadn’t slept all night—the nurse’s shoes captivated Ashley’s attention and moved her. She says that it wasn’t like the shoes were dirty, or even worn out, it was just the idea that those shoes carry so much weight and have probably been through some of the most trying times.

And how did she show her appreciation to all the nurses she can possibly reach through social media? She posted a memorable tribute to all of them, in hopes that they feel valued. Here’s what she wrote:

I had one of those “stop-you-in-your-tracks,” extremely humbling moments, while working quietly on the hair of a very exhausted, sleeping nurse.

She’d been at work all night and hadn’t been to bed when she landed in my chair, but not before stopping to buy my breakfast on her way.

As she dozed off, I gently rested her head on my stomach and continued to foil her hair…. then I noticed her shoes.

I wondered how many miles those shoes have walked. I wondered what they’d walked through. Blood? Tears? In & out of the countless rooms of the patients she’s cared for? I wondered how many hours they’ve carried her, and all those like her, while they literally save the lives of those we love and hold the hands of the ones who can no longer fight that fight.

But with those shoes propped up in that chair, phone in her lap, I got the chance to take care of her (even if it was just for a few hours) and I felt extremely honored to take care of such a hard working, inspiring woman I’m so lucky to call my friend.

I’ve always respected and valued these amazing superheroes and am proud to be the sister, daughter, niece, friend and hairstylist of so many. Know you are appreciated, know you are irreplaceable, know you are loved!