Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday's Children - Walking

Since returning from my conference last month, I've been walking everyday - 2 to 3 miles a day depending on the weather and how much time I have. I have to admit, I'm not one of those people who likes to exercise Sweating, in no way, appeals to me, and frankly, I'm much more into lounging. However, I'm now walking. Every. Day.

I'm almost sort of enjoying it. Like many other Thursday's Children have mentioned, walking is inspirational. While I'm trudging through the neighborhood, I see all sorts of things that inspire me.



The pug who purposely blocks my way until I agree to pet him.Once I pet him, he moves.
The color of bluebells as they graduate from a twilight blue to velvet white.
The little smiley face stickers that someone placed on the sidewalk on Tamarack Street once yellow and now faded to almost white.
The insanely sweet scent of lilacs and peonies. 
The band of rabid terriers that throw themselves against their gate, desperate to attack me.
The orange and white cat that insists that I pick him up and carry it from one end of the block to the other.
The squirrel with the compulsive eating disorder.
The little girl on Jennette Street who sits and pouts on her front stoop every morning before finally schlumphing off to school.
Even the mom who screams nonstop at her 3 little kids while she walks them to the crossing guard. (Though, I won't tell you what she inspires me to do...)

I've had to walk on the treadmill a couple of times because of thunderstorms. I hate it. I don't feel inspired at all. I just feel crabby. I know that for a few miles, I should be able to rely on my one brain to entertain and inspire me, but there's nothing. Just the utter loathing of the treadmill with its flashing lights and numbers.

Physically, the treadmill is probably doing an equal amount of good compared to my outside walks, but emotionally and inspiration-ally, I apparently need fresh air and the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. When I get home from my walks, I"m always ready to write even if nothing I've encountered makes its way into my manuscripts.

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8 comments:

  1. Good for you. I just got back from conference and I'm hoping you'll inspire me.Thanks.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2013/06/inspired-by-friends-new-ideas-and-good.html

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  2. I love walking for inspiration! The entire middle section of Trajectories came to me on walks up and down our dirt road surrounded by forest--the play of light, the whispery noises, the glimpses of shadows between the trunks. Walk on, Baby!

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  3. I have spent much of the last two weeks walking around Taiwan and Singapore, clogging up my Instagram feed and being so inspired. For me there's nothing better than exploring a new place on foot!

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  4. I walk almost every day, with my own troop of "rabid" terriers, lol. They are very territorial and therefore make great watchdogs, but it's all bark and no bite - at least in the case of my two. I don't like running at all but I do love walking for the inspiration and freedom to let my mind wander.

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  5. Walking clears the mind, doesn't it? It's nice to walk the familiar paths around home and see how little things change, let your imagination wander, and breathe in the fresh air. I love it too.

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  7. Totally agree, it's the fresh air, the sights, and the sounds that make walking around so inspiring. Treadmill be damned!

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. I can't help but think of your blog post when winter seemed to be dragging on forever. I love this time of year and being able to go outdoors every day if I want. Biking is another great outdoor activity for inspiration-I can get further and see more. I biked the Millenium trails the other day and the wildflowers were gorgeous!

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