“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”
Who knew? I’m telling you, this Kierkegaard fellow is so relevant. Even now. He lived a few hundred years ago and when I read what he’s written, it usually brings me up short. They must have thought he was off base in his time. What if every doctor wrote on his script to you, “Walk at least 15 minutes a day and see me in 3 months”? What would we say? Ridiculous. You have to fix what ails me. I need a real prescription. I think that’s how this whole prescription cascade began and the opioid epidemic in the United States started. We want a quick fix and some things take time and a good old fashioned walk. I’m not a pill taker and have always relied on diet and exercise for my health. Now I take a lot of mineral and vitamin supplements to fill in the gap of what’s missing and now I have a leaky gut to deal with. It’s a conundrum for sure. Which came first the bad gut bacteria or the supplements?
What’s on my mind? Started out with walking and the wonderful time we had yesterday walking the streets (that sounds bad!) of Cambria City during the annual Ethnic Fest event, and the value of that walk. I know that Kierkegaard was talking about walking alone and thinking deep thoughts, but there’s nothing like walking and talking and meeting up with good friends that you haven’t seen forever, in person, to make you feel good. We put on about 2 miles and it felt so good. Jay doesn’t think it counts because we were going pretty slow and stopping and talking. We weren’t sitting, that’s for sure, and we were admiring the old ethnic churches, beautiful backyards of the neighborhood and smiling, laughing and talking to friends. Add in the World Market and the fantastic music, and we had a lovely walk happening on an ethnic scale. I think I’ll count it. Walks are for taking things in and noticing your surroundings.
So who did we see last night? Old neighbors Chris and Joe. I need to spend more time with Chris. She’s a love force as well as a life force. I love this lady! So sweet and author of “Family of Love” if you are looking for a fantastic book. Please buy it locally if you can. And Joe always makes us laugh! I’m so glad they found each other. We were blessed to have them as neighbors.
I DO have on my Sierra Tank Dress and my knitted alpaca shawl made by me from Hammy. It was perfect until it really got chilly later! I need to add sleeves.
Here’s some Irish music for you. Made me think of the 2 times I’ve been to Ireland. Once with Jay and Jack and once with my niece Skye. Sliente!
We weren’t even planning to go last night but took a quick trip to the Farmers Market and to H. Wonder Coffee and Records for lunch yesterday and Madison’s best friend Lily was in town and they were going. Of course we’d meet them. Here’s Lily. The weekly special was named for her in honor of her Birthday. She’s as cute as ever. She’s an artist and another old soul. I keep telling her how much money she’d save living in Jtown and doing what she’s doing. Now, she’s a traveler. She worked as a camp counselor in Switzerland each summer. I think she has family there.
Since I started out talking about walking, let’s wrap up with an invitation to join the 99Walks Community . You’ll get a discount by joining under my affiliate link. ***It’s a wonderful resource and I DO get a small stipend if you use my link.***I love the community, resources and inspiration I get from the members. There’s even a FB group specifically for members. I have a whole pack of friends there and you set your own reachable monthly goal. It can be one mile or one hundred. YOU are in charge. I usually set mine at about 40 and believe it or not didn’t think I’d made it until I used the Add a Walk feature because I had forgotten to take my phone with me a few times and had the mileage on my FitBit, which can be integrated. The 99 Walks app is a must have!
The day awaits as do my alpacas and projects. It’s another busy day here.
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.
Have a blessed day!