There are a lot of things that are pleasurable and free but today I’m talking about the pleasure of taking a walk.
It has been my joy recently to take walks with a couple of new friends in Dorchester as well as to continue on solo jaunts while doing errands across Boston. I have walked through Cedar Grove Cemetery (how tranquil) and along the Neponset River (how calming). I have walked down Dorchester Avenue from Ashmont Station beyond Field’s Corner (I plan to make it all the way to Columbia Road). I’ve walked by the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and made my way to South Station. I have walked through the Boston Commons, the Public Garden and up Newbury Street. I plan to walk along the path around the golf course in Franklin Park again – a walk I did daily for some years.
Walking has many benefits besides boosting fitness. Walking:
o Allows me to know my neighborhood and other neighborhoods in a more intimate way than public transportation or auto travel allow;
o Sweeps stresses and concerns away;
o Brings solutions to writing problems and ideas for new stories and essays;
o Takes me back to childhood as I hear the laughter of children and have re-memories of my own childhood;
o Gives me freedom to meander aimlessly or stride with purpose;
o Makes me sweat (especially going up hills) and cools me down (with breezes coming off water or from the canopy of trees);
o Is a prayer of gratitude as I count my blessing while walking in solitude;
o Is the joy of companionship and unexpected conversations;
o Is the beauty of flowers and architecture and other people;
Is a wonderful way to spend time with my granddaughter and point out things along the way;
o Allows me to catch up to myself and what’s going on with me while listening to my thoughts;
o Massages my tired feet especially when I walk on grass or sand;
o Limbers me up.
What is sweeter than feeling the sun on my face, working up a thirst, and sipping or gulping water to quench it? How refreshing to take a cleansing shower or soak in a tub after walk. Best of all – it’s free and always available! When I get a slicker, I may even walk in the rain (hair be damned!). When I can corral my husband, I plan to walk with him hand-in-hand just because he’s my guy.
If you don’t already, I urge you to take a walk. It’ll do your body and soul good.
My dog tore a ligament in his knee. Before that he walked a mile and a half every day, usually with me. Before we got him, I never took regular walks. Now we sit at home and mope. He knows about the need. Now I do, too. I hope he heals fast.
I finally got out from behind the wheel of my car and walked in my neighborhood for the first time since my early 20s. You miss so much when you drive. I plan to do a lot more walking and get to know my city better.
Glad that you have rediscovered your neighborhood. Walking will do that for you. Keep stepping.
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