jusummerhayes

Walking

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.”
Gwyn Thomas

It seems such an obvious thing to write about but then again, it's like so many things in life we take for granted.

I've been a walker all my life. In the early days, it was out of necessity but now it's part of my daily, spiritually-uplifting ritual.

The ken of my experience is of course mine and mine alone but I'm convinced that the world would be a better place (oh, how I like to wonder...) if walking was part of a daily practice in the same way that people are (now) attracted to mindfulness, yoga and colouring books. 

But, like so many things in life, I'm tilting at windmills: no one is going to take up walking in the way I see things whilst we're wedded to the motor car. I could of course be way off beam in that assertion but I think I can gain comfort in my line of argument by what I witnessed during the early days and weeks of lockdown. I don't know what it was like where you lived but I noticed an immediate cessation of car noise and fumes and a steady uptake in the number of people — especially families — who took to the Devon lanes and were, surprise, surprise, talking to one another. In the end, I stopped counting the number of new people but it didn't last. I knew it wouldn't. Within a few months things slowly and very surely reverted to normal where it was just me and Alfie and a few familiar faces I was apt to see pre-lockdown. Oh sure, I get the necessity thing — i.e. I've got to drive for my/our job — but what about those people that didn't need to go anywhere? Where have they gone? 

At this point, I could wax lyrical about all that walking has offered me — and still does — but that's not where I'm at. Instead, I'd much prefer to hear from you dear readers on where you sit on the walking vs. driving vs. sitting spectrum? And if walking isn't your thing, for whatever reason, including health reasons, do you think it possible it replace it with some other activity that might bring you up close and personal with nature?

Anyhow, that's me for today. Again, I've no idea where Alfie is hiding — I can guess — but I need to raise him from the dead, get suited and booted and do my thing. I'll try to get a few pictures of the Camel Estuary but looking out the proverbial window, it looks awfully misty today and it may not be worth the candle.

Have a wonderful day.

Blessings and much love, Ju

Photo by Matus Karahuta on Unsplash


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