Walking into your Inner WorldOctober 16, 2014
Whenever authors are having writer's block, they meander the Internet. They turn on the telly. They go to the theatre. There are many ways of getting in the mood again, but some believe in the old-fashioned way. They go out and walk.
Walking is still considered the best way to find your inspiration. You're on your own and the scenery reminds you of romantic ideas. Your thoughts become lucid, and then all of a sudden, there's a rush of emotion. It's not hard to imagine Henry David Thoreau in this mode of activity, while not composing "Walden". On the other side (of the Atlantic), Jean-Jacques Rousseau led a diverse range of walker-writers. Walking and writing become one. (If you still have doubts, then look for English Romantic poets.)
Before you go outside, you must finish reading this.
October is Australia's walking month, which isn't surprising at all. It's neither too hot nor wet in the northern parts, while the southern regions enjoy spring weather. There's no excuse to sit in the couch all day.
Walktober has no literary ties. It's not an event with a cause. This is about going for a walk. We've been it most of our lives. We can walk with someone you know (or you love), which can be enjoyable. Here are five reasons why you should go out more:
Walking is good for your health. If you're not motivated to run, then walk is a good alternative. If you're lazy to keep fit, then take a stroll. The calories you'll burn depend on the distance, but you'll be fine (as long as you keep an eye on your food intake).
You're doing Mother Earth a big favour. Driving is convenient, and in many cases, necessary. But have we forgotten to go on foot? This is the case back then, when horse carriages are not that many. (If you're still not that convinced, then imagine what it's like eons ago.) You'll also save gas.
Going for a walk with your colleagues is a great suggestion. Have you get tired of spending time at the café with your colleagues? Why not talk (while walk) about trivial matters? You won't recall the stress from early hours.
Weekend will be memorable on foot. After a week at the office (or university), the last thing you want to do is sit. You need to take it easy and slow. Walking isn't strenuous. In fact, you can do it at your own pace. Why not invite family (or mates) to go along?
Walking is free. There are many things to say about walking, but many of us may overlook the obvious. It doesn't cost a dollar. All you have to do is go out and enjoy the sun. There's always a time for it.
So what are you waiting for? Happy walking!
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