When you are young, exercise may not be an issue, although the increasing presence of digital devices means more kids are sitting down to play games with their fingers, but as the years add up, it becomes more important to get some exercise. At every stage of life, from youth to old age, taking a walk is fine therapy–on many levels. Good for the body, good for the spirit, good for the earth.
Stress, in one form or another, enters into out lives at almost all stages, from the early years to the late ones. The college experience has its own particular kinds of stress–the anxiety about making good in a new environment, the challenge of learning new things, particularly when your natural patterns of brain activity do not line up with the demands of a given subject, the shadowing fear of failure–and so many things to keep up with, all at the same time.
Stress, stress, stress–it will drive you crazy.
It’s time to take a walk. Just half an hour of walking, of being in touch with the world around without the demands placed on us by working up expertise in a new subject area, can do wonders in terms of shedding stress. Every step helps to put you at ease. You walk–and your confidence rises. When the walk is done, you are much more ready to engage in learning with excitement and enthusiasm.
Beat the stress. Take a walk.
Every place you go, go out for a walk. Savannah is ideal for this means of discovery. The historic district is flat, the squares are wonderful (and everywhere), just right for relaxing under live oaks and Spanish moss. The Riverwalk is just a set of steps down from the main streets in Savannah–and then you have the joy of walking beside the water. Savannah–a walker’s paradise
Great NYT Travel section piece on literary folks who got inspiration from walking, Sunday before last. Walking is a fantastic force to be tapped by writers–good for blood circulation and imagination stimulation at the same time. If you’re stuck as a writer, just walk it off.
Life is full of mysteries, of possibilities, of connection. There’s somebody walking down a simple road. Imagine the mystery options. . . the possibility options. . . the connection options.
A key to many of the posts which will follow deal with one fact right in the center of the image: there is a person walking. Let’s be positive–and imagine all the good that can come of a walk. You are out in nature. You are getting fine exercise. You are on the way to meet others. You are clearing out the muddle that was in your head at the start of the walk. You are open to discoveries straight from the world around–what is in bloom, what creatures are in the field by the road, what the time of day delivers for light.