I love movement.
Like all of us, I’ve done all kinds of it:
- Yard Work
- Martial Arts
- Tai Chi
- Weight Training
- Scuba Diving
*Yes, both of these involve movement of the mouth, in which many have expressed that I’m far more proficient than the average bear in my performance of said operations.
Though I’ve been on a couple of locomotives and loved them, no, that is not my favorite mode of movement. Though I’ve done tons of biking—road and mountain—no, also not my favorite mode.
I have found that my absolute favorite form of locomotion is walking.
I love the idea…the philosophy…the Zen of moving through life by walking.
You can literally get anywhere by putting one foot in front of the other. It is not only a physical expression, but a philosophical one as well. “Putting one foot in front of the other” has been used many time to illustrate the notion of moving forward in life. But I’ve always loved just locomoting on my own, without the aid of metal or rubber (okay, I use Vibram soles…). I love moving among the terrain of rocks and dirt and trees and wind and sun. Even snow. Love the feel of the earth pushing back up to meet the downward movement of my body. On a good hiking trail or in a really nifty forest, I could go on forever, exploring and experiencing the dirt and the trees. In fact my fascination with walking inspired my short story, “Walkers” (which you can find in my anthology, Do The Dead Dream?).
Though I can no longer (at present) hike the long trails because of an injury, I far more prefer buying a good pair of hiking boots over a bike. While I can no longer do day-long hikes, I can do short, daily hikes of an hour or so, and this fills me with joy! Even my wife comments on how much happier I am having gotten back into my daily hikes (different reasons as to why I’d temporarily stopped hiking). I love hiking through varied terrain…rocks…dirt…trees. Up and down…cool-looking turns and and hidden nooks and crannies. “Single-track” (a biking term), I’ll call them…by which I mean the trails are not paved routes, but I’ll certainly walk them if that’s all I have. Single-track biking trails are a blast, and just that—narrow trails involving all kinds of cool impediments and terrain to bike over, under, and through…so I love the transfer of the term to walking and hiking.
And more than once, I’ll experience some cool, mystical moments, like I did on my May 22, 2018 hike. This seems to happen to me more on foot, though as I was learning Tai Chi I did have similar moments of Zen (I’d since stopped that, as well—not enough time in the day!).
So…I urge each of you to also take up some movement in your lives, whatever form that may be. It’s not very difficult. All you have to do is just
Move one foot in front of the other.