Most children learn to walk around the age of one. It’s a milestone for them—and often their families too. Upright and mobile, they toddle around with a new sense of confidence and (perceived) freedom when they let go of that adult’s finger. Off they go. Where they previously relied on others to carry them, now they are able to explore—or at least attempt to explore—on their own. They’re in no hurry, open to it all, and are focused on the present moment. Their sense of independence shines.
Even if we’ve been walking for decades, that motion continues to feed our souls. In the recent turn of events around COVID-19, walking has emerged as a natural panacea. Pairs of people (walking six feet apart), families, folks with dogs. It’s refreshing to see neighbors outside—even if it’s from a window or across the street.
This surreal pandemic has silver linings, one of which is a slowing down. In a time of uncertainty, what a gift it is for those of us who have spaces to roam. And it’s no wonder. Walking gives us all a chance to breathe deep and let go a bit, especially when there’s nowhere, in particular, we have to go...
good for all of us
It’s not in our imaginations that we feel better after we return from a stroll. Studies have shown that walking has more than physical benefits. It’s great for our emotions too. Walking can lower depression and anxiety, improve memory, and boost creativity. In a time with so many unknowns swirling, it’s a comfort to know that we have simple ways to soothe our souls. Maybe we can even take a tip from the toddlers and take our time, be present, and notice what’s around us when we’re out there.
at our own pace
We’ll somehow find our way through this challenging time, and hopefully learn important lessons along the way. As we navigate new paths, we are reminded that toddlers have it right…one foot in front of the other. Onward.