I suspect that, like most people, I feel caged by circumstances. Routines center around taking care of my wife and cats, working and writing.
But I need freedom so I walk every day. Walking gives me exercise, gets me into sunshine (and other weather) and lets me escape my circumstances and have some Michael time. It's a lot of fun walking now, with all the fallen leaves. I enjoy childishly tramping through them and kicking them up.
Last night at my Brains on Beer meeting, two companions mentioned that they see me walking 'all over the place'. "You really walk a lot," R said. "My wife and see you just about every day, sometimes several times."
"Right," the other guy said. "I see you walking all the time. I'm always amazed and think that maybe it's not you so I stare and stare, and yup, it's you." He laughed.
R was nodding. "That's what we do. My wife and I have made it almost a game. Whenever we get into the car, one of us will say, 'Where will we see Michael walking?' If one of us goes out without the other, we'll say, joking when we get back, 'But did you see Michael walking?'"
I laughed at it all. Yes, I walk a few hours and several miles a day. I try to get four miles in. I'll walk downtown when I can, depending upon what else is scheduled. When I drive into the downtown plaza area, I park on the fringes so I have the opportunity to walk but I believe my companions exaggerate.
I mentioned their comments to my wife, though, and she said, "Yes, my Y friends tell me that they see you walking all the time. I tell them, yes, he loves to walk. It's a problem when we go on vacation because he wants to walk everywhere and I just don't have the energy to walk that he has."
Yes, I like walking and seeing the world while afoot. Beyond those reasons mentioned at the beginning, I feel more at one with the world, and that's important to me. I've walked as often as I can since I could take my first steps. While stationed in Europe, I loved doing Volksmarches, doing a few a week. I hope to keep walking for fun and exercise until my dying day.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com