This is a very difficult choice.
In order to understand someone, we do need to see their life from their perspective. And to choose to live their life for a while, that is, walk in their shoes, your desire to do so needs to be strong. Why?
Because if you love them, you are taking a chance that you may learn something that may disillusion you towards them.
I would like to walk in the shoes of my mother. She was 26 when she died and I wasn’t even 6. So I would love to know her, her thoughts, her joys, and her sorrows! I may find that she wasn’t the person I thought her to be. But that is a risk anyone who is choosing this path, would face.
Will I actually do it if it were an option?
I would, because the desire to know her is very strong, despite the risk of finding some unfavorable things about her.