The Walk of Awesome

The Walk of Awesome

I went for a walk once. It was awesome. As I trudged down the street, every footfall brought a thrill.

Oh look! Stairs! These are great stairs! How have I never noticed the sheer awesomeness of these stairs?? And what’s that? Concrete? Wow. This whole “walking” thing is something else. I should do it more often.

I was so excited about my walk, that I called DH at work. He didn’t seem all that impressed by my tales of concrete stairs, or the exhilaration of crossing Richmond Road at Carling. In fact, he seemed concerned. I daresay he was a tad short with me.

He has since been forgiven. After all, he had left me not long before, passed out on the couch and pumped so full of pharmaceuticals that I didn’t mind the gaps in my jaw that had once held wisdom teeth.

My memory of that day is, well, kinda blurry. I remember being in a small room, feeling woozy and listening to a nurse talk to DH as though I wasn’t there.Β  I remember waking up and trying to strike up a conversation with a nice man in a blue mask and – strangely – a pair of pliers. He seemed to be struggling with something. He didn’t seem that interested in talking to me.

I think they may have given me a little shot of something extra at that point.

Yes, much of that day is lost to the mists of time and chemistry, but I do remember the walk.Β  And I assure you that I have never had such a walk, before or since.

But today? Today came close. Actually, every time I get my butt outside and some tunes in my ears, it feels pretty damn good. Inertia is a funny thing – I’ll sit at my desk and bemoan the lack of time and energy to get out, when really I just need to DO IT. Because the law of inertia also states that a body in motion tends to stay in motion. I need to remember that when I get going, I don’t ever want to stop.

Are you ruled by the law of inertia? What do you do to get going?


13 responses

  1. Sasha, I’m often overcome with apathy. I’m trying to get around it by mixing my exercise up a bit and doing things I enjoy. But sometimes I have to negotiate with myself (with exercise or other things). I tell myself I’ll just get on the exercise bike for 10 minutes… ‘that’s all’. But once I’m on there I find I can keep going. Similarly if I have to do some writing or something I give myself a small goal but once I’m going I keep going.

    It’s starting to get hot here, but a few weeks ago I got off the train at the end of the day to walk home and noticed how lovely it was outside. The air was cool and the early evening beautiful. I reminded myself of that the next day and did a long walk at that time to make the most of the beautiful evening! (Something I should do more often!)


    • Hey Deb,

      I’m the same way – if I can just get moving, I keep moving. The other night when I went for a swim – and the only reason I went was I had promised a friend I would go. I was ready to do 10 or 12 lengths and call it a success – and I know you saw my tweet – it turned into 50!


      • I don’t know… sometimes I go back to see if the blogger responded to my comment and notice my comment isn’t there, so I must be hitting a few spam lists!?!

  2. I’m working on getting into the groove again too. I’ve been letting exercise slide of late, much to my chagrin. I always feel better when I exercise – I know this – which is why I don’t understand why I let these lapses happen. Well, no more! πŸ™‚

    • I know what you mean Mel, even since writing this I have let it slide – again! And I’m feeling the consequences. Time to refocus. Again. #lesigh

  3. Such a great post! Walking is so great – I love how you notice so much more when you are at street level rather than zooming by and it’s a great way to catch up – trying to get out more after dinner and just go for a walk in the neighborhood!

    • Thanks Katherine! You are so right. I used to be more of a cyclist; not hard core, but walking was just too slow for my taste. It was pushing a stroller that made me start to appreciate it, now I love it!

  4. I have a huge problem with inertia. For me I have to plan ahead my errands or exercise, and then I cannot even think for a moment about postponing. I am very good at talking myself out of getting up off the couch.

    I envy putterers…I think they get a lot more things done.

    • Sometimes I can be a putterer – and the flip-side of inertia kicks in and I just keep moving. But that’s the exception, not the rule. I guess we just need to learn to use intertia for good instead of evil! πŸ˜‰

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