What my walk to work gives me
I’ve been a walker all my life, I don’t have a drivers license nor do I own a car. I will admit the only fear I have in life is a fear of driving however, through this fear I’ve discovered many opportunities that for me outweigh the negatives.
When I was a kid living in countryside Scotland we all walked everywhere. Sometimes we would ride our bikes, but it was easier to explore when you only had your feet. I love the time to think, the ability to really observe nature, people and life in general. Without the stress of focusing on driving I can think clearly and let my environment drive me to generate new ideas, new ways of appreciating things and most of all a sense of peace and respect for the world I live in.
When you walk and need to go long distances, there is a natural inclination to form games and little goals in your mind. “If I can get to there and see that, then I’ll go to there next and if I can walk farther than yesterday I will burn more calories.”
Music and walking are a match made in heaven. I love to listen to my favourite old songs that conjure up great memories and soothe my soul. What I don’t like doing when walking is talking on the phone, I find this disconnects me from my walk.
Another insight I can bring is I’ve found sharing a walk is a great way to chat with people who might not be as confident to sit face to face and talk as I am. Walking is great for social connection. Often people open up when they walk, and the physical changes in your body make for a healthy state of mind. This kind of exercise is great for the body and mind, and walking is low impact so it’s easy to avoid injury.
As a young adult I walked with my Grandmother, now I am a parent I walk with my wife and kids. I love to watch them explore and watch the excitement as they see things for the first time or things I sometimes miss or take for granted.
Walking gives me time to prepare for meetings, or a busy day. When I go somewhere new, walking shows me things drivers miss entirely. I have hundreds of my own mental walking maps of areas all over the world and I often find myself having wonderfully vivid flashbacks of walks I’ve taken decades ago. Don’t get me started on all the benefits of taking public transport…
Which brings me to the Walking Maps that I’ve discovered on via Victoria Walks. Victoria Walks has com a long way since I worked with them on the website back in 2009. With the use of my mobile phone’s camera and a free account on walkingmaps.com.au, now you can easily share your walking journies.
Why don’t you take some time to walk this summer, keep healthy and share your journey online using a walking map.