Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Day 10: Walking It Out

There are so many benefits that I get from walking. I not only get to see things up close that I often don't notice while driving, but I do some of my best thinking while walking; it usually really lifts my spirits no matter what kind of mood I am in when I start; and I get exercise. Ah, a trifecta, one of my favorite things :)!

Since today is Tuesday, I knew it was farmers' market day, and that I would be able to walk my laps at Wilson Park where the Torrance Certified Farmers' Market is and that I'd get to see my friends and buy some fresh produce too.

So, after waiting most of the morning for input on the project I was working on, I decided that I really needed a walk and I went over there before the farmers' market closed. It has become one of my favorite places to walk and I like that I can do as many laps as I have time for and I think it is a really pretty place to walk.

Today was another warm and sunny January day so it made great walking weather. As I walked through the park I started thinking, which is what I do when I walk. I was reflecting on a lot of things, and one of them was this blog and my 50th year. As I walked, I started remembering all of the things that have come to me on similar walks that I have taken since I became a regular "exercise" walker waaaaay back in the late 80's.

I realized that walking has led me to make some of the biggest decisions of my life, including the one to leave a career that I was miserable at to pursue writing full time, and that the idea for the book I am working on now came to me while walking.

Throughout the past 20 years,  I have fallen in love while walking, and realized I was in love while walking, and sadly, there were times that I realized I wasn't in love anymore while walking. I couldn't help but notice that life really is just like walking-- it starts with a single step and the only way to get anywhere is to take the next one and the next one....

Wilson Park view from walking path
Wilson Park Gazebo & Pond

Wilson Park (Infamous) Pond


  1. Well, it is! Before my husband retired he told them what they could (and should do) to fix it, they didn't listen, and he'd been telling them for a long time before that. So, it took them 2 years to even get started and they went with outside contractor, and in less than 2 months, the concrete they put in on the bottom came up, where they repaired that, you can see it, just look at the bottom of it, horrible job. Oh sorry, bitter much?!?