In order to heal the injury on my knee, I changed my running mornings for a quiet early-bird walking by the beach. Each morning there is a fight between me and my alarm clock, it’s tough yet we still have a nice relationship. Waking up early is not an easy task and of course I am not the best example of this habit but at least I try. I am grateful with this injury which pushes me so hard to keep this beautiful routine.
“Take my hand. We will walk. We will only walk. We will enjoy our walk without thinking of arriving anywhere.”Thich Nhat Hanh
I am inspired by my neighbors who are really committed to their walks. They start very early and sometimes I attempted to beat them but they always win. Never mind! They don’t know but they are such great role models.
I noticed that there are different types of walkers. The couples (always holding their hands and talking), the pet lovers (with one, two and sometimes 3 doggies wow!!), the coffee lovers (always with a cup of coffee on the hand), the headphone lovers (always listening to music and singing when no one can hear them), the very fast and very slow motion walkers (better give them space) and perhaps other groups I haven’t identified yet. I guess I belong to the melomaniac group who normally sing in the streets (sorry for that!).
With every walk you realize that little by little the faces become familiar. A smile, a warm sight, a wave, a ‘morning‘ are part of the ritual. Then, at that moment you understand you are not a stranger anymore. Isn’t it incredible how many things can be said without much interaction? We humans are amazing!
Lately I’ve changed the direction of my walks. Normally I walk towards the jetty of Henley Beach which is really close where I live. A few days ago I decided to make a slight variation on my strictly usual walk and I explored the next neighborhood. Grange is a traditional area with local shops, art studio, flowers, big houses, cafes and an old but quite astonishing jetty. So far I enjoy being around there.
As the weather keeps improving, it is offering the perfect environment for an early or late walk. The sunrises and sunsets may take your breath away. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can start exploring around and give yourself the time for a walk.
So, what does a walk bring? It might bring healing, discipline, companions, colorful views, transformation, peace, light; moreover, an encounter with yourself. Are these enough reasons? I hope so!
If you are also a walker or enjoy taking a walk regularly or casually, share your thoughts. This is a safe space to learn.