Now that it is 2020, this is a good time to make a resolution to focus on exploring your world on foot. This is where I discovered meaning in life and found out what is important. In my younger days, it never occurred to me that walking would have such a major impact on my life. We have been fortunate to travel to many places where we were able to explore while trekking across many cool places. This has been in our neighborhood, around our city, throughout the US and other locations throughout the world. There is something about being outside. In addition to the many health benefits, walking slows everything down. When this happens, you can forget about your troubles and just focus on your path.
For example, my observations while out on a recent hike. Heading out on the trail, I hear the crunching of leaves and stones beneath my feet. Here I feel connected with the earth. Looking up I notice the cotton balls of cumulus clouds drifting across the backdrop of beautiful blue skies. If you focus, on a clear day, you can see the shape of the sphere we live in called earth.
The shapes of the clouds remind me of my childhood when we imagined the formations looked like turtles or other animal shapes. The cool wind rushing across my face connects me with the weather. When you are out walking, the weather controls everything where it can bring rain, clouds, fair skies, and even storms. Out here you experience the real beauty of winter, spring, summer, and fall.
Only when traveling by foot can you focus on the scents of the outdoors. This can be blooming flowers, freshly plowed earth or someone cooking breakfast when walking in the city. If you just listen, you can enjoy the chorus of birds singing and welcoming the day. This is when you can forget about your troubles and just enjoy being alive.
Sometimes it is interesting to pay attention to the streams and rivers or contours of the hills. It makes you wonder when and how they were formed.
“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
It is incredible to me that most problems or ideas can be resolved by walking. When there is a personal issue or business problem, taking a walk can bring a lot of fresh ideas. Or. This is the best way to debate an issue or resolve differences; walking together can bring resolution.
When I am troubled or looking for inspiration, or looking for ideas for writing, I take a walk outdoors. It is amazing that if you let your mind rest while walking, you can solve all the problems of the world. Just imagine the result, if all our world leaders took the time to walk together.
“It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.” – Rumi
Hiking and walking in different places around the world has broadened my horizons. Interacting with people in other places, we are reminded that we are more alike than different. I believe if everyone spent time with people of different cultures, there would be more peace and less war.
“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” ― Wendell Berry, Remembering
I have found, after experiencing traveling and exploring our world by foot, other traveling options are not as appealing.
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” -Mark Twain
A few updates:
- Our future travel plans include trekking on sacred paths in Israel, day hikes on the Appalachian Trail and perhaps the Camino Norte. The Shikoku Pilgrimage in Japan could be of interest down the road.
- We are still looking for a diagnosis for my abdominal issues so we are heading out of town to Shands. Luckily there have been no major issues since July. When I had a medical incident in England, my fellow travelers “voted me off the island” until I resolve this problem. It is now time to get “voted back on the island”.
- After a short hiatus, Move Tallahassee will return to its regular walks out on our greenways and in our parks this February.
So I urge you to grab a friend, family member, your four-legged friend or go solo. Get outside and check out all the cool places on this incredible planet we call earth; it may be as close as your own neighborhood.
Make a resolution to continue to explore your world on foot in 2020.
Are you in?