WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS

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There’s something about early morning walks that fills you with hope and affability. I’m saying that now, but frankly, I’ve arrived at this bit of wisdom after a lot of foot-dragging! Mom had been raving to me about the benefits of walking for an eternity. Of course, like always, her wise words bounced right off my disinclined ears. I couldn’t bring myself to dress up and step out of the house first thing in the morning. It was too much effort.  But since I started ‘The Mind Declutter Project’, I’ve been more open-minded and willing to give anything a go.

So recently, when mom started her rant again, I dusted my walking shoes, dug up my track pants and toddled along to the neighbourhood park. At first, I just wandered about, exploring the trail, checking out the joggers and gawking at the hard-core sprinters with open mouthed awe. The first couple of days, I just enjoyed the backdrop. The new blooms in multiple colours, the lush greenery, the butterflies flitting from one flower to another, the incessant chirping of birds and the perky squirrels scurrying around filled me with delight. I got so busy admiring nature that I forgot everything else.The walking just happened side by side.

A week later, it became evident that the apathy was being replaced by enthusiasm. I started spending more and more time in the park. The exertion seemed to bother me less and less, my stamina surged and the bonhomie of my fellow ramblers added to my buoyancy. I discovered songs I didn’t know existed on my playlist.  And I enjoyed the favourites even more, simply because now I had the perfect setting to enjoy the melodies. Most days now, even after I’m done with the exercise, I hang around on my favourite bench just to enjoy some more music. One of these days, I’d like to climb atop the wooden deck which looks out over the mangroves in the distance and write. It looks like the perfect spot to lose myself.

It’s been a couple of months now and I’m completely hooked. I try not to miss a single day. It’s an adrenaline rush I am not willing to pass up. I’ve tried other forms of exercise earlier, mostly indoors, but the simple act of putting one foot ahead of the other is therapeutic, enthusing and humble all at once. It’s free too. So if you aren’t already walking, I urge you to try it.  Pick some good music, lace up your walking shoes and get going!  It’s the easiest way to gain health, declutter the mind, find perspective, may be make some new friends or just space out. The air is ripe with possibilities.

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7 thoughts on “WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS

  1. Absolutely rejuvenating.. love walking..now I need to build enough stamina to start running.. Glad you have added this to your decluttering series..

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  2. I love walking . . . especially on the beach. I try to walk a mile a day (on average), plus some biking, swimming, and water aerobics.

    Exercise is mood elevating!

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  3. Love this….I use to run trails … notice those to nasty words “use to”….it was very simple to do my trail running before I moved as the trail was right outside my front door….I also have not made it a priority…shame on me….not to mention I am a fair weather girl and live in the oh so wet and lovely Pacific NW…however we are coming out of the wet season….going to find and dust off those running shoes and set them out …. if it isnt raining I have no excuse…thank you

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    • Hey, it’s okay to slip up sometimes. But don’t just stay there. Glad you are thinking of dusting off those shoes. Hope it’s soon. Here in India, the rains are just round the corner, so there are going to be plenty of wet days. Will write about that too, so we can swap our stories. : ) Grateful for the connection.

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