Walking for physical health. Walking to clear your mind. Walking for adventure. Walking for communication and healthy relationships. Walking for work. Walking for a cause.
For most of us, walking is the first major accomplishment we make as babies and then one of the most natural things we can do.
But everyone knows walking takes time, at least when you don’t have somewhere you must go. And we’re all short on time. Right?
I’ve been walking around random places almost every day lately with Yuko, my wife. Not so far, not so fast, usually at night, but sometimes in the daytime. An hour here, a half hour there, once in a while maybe more than a few hours.
It quickly becomes clear that when you’re walking to get somewhere rather than walking for just walking, you miss mostly everything.
The other day we were in Tokyo at Hibiya Park and were surprised to see so many people still playing Pokemon.
Yes it was surprising (I thought that would have been done by now) but we also found a path in the park lined with tall sunflowers. I’d forgotten that sunflowers grew that high.
Walking longer distances is easy too if you’ve got suitable shoes and enough time. It’s also nice if there’s an interesting café for a pit stop along the way.
So I reckon making time to walk around a bit is the best and easiest thing we can do to feel happy.
That’s the deal though, a day is 24 hours no more no less.
In the end is missing a bit of TV really that big a sacrifice?