By SUSAN DROMEY HEETER, Joyful Musings
In the October edition of Vogue magazine, there is an article about walking. It’s called, “Walk This Way” – and celebrates the “basic form of exercise being lauded anew.”
Written by Samhita Mukhopadhyay, I loved it’s basic overview and muse joyfully on the basic walk, the basic put one foot in front of another joy of movement.
I’m a fan of walking; I have Bennie my walking companion who is always ready to go. I walk by my neighbor’s horses, see the same dogs walk by, hear cows moo in the mornings. It’s lovely to walk; I do have some good sneakers but am known to sport Birkenstocks or clogs – that’s what I love about the walk, it does not require a uniform. I’m not much of an athleisure dresser; the only sport I like to really dress for is swimming and that, well, that is pretty necessary.
But I can wear just about anything for a walk: a dress, skirt, pants, shorts, a towel wrapped around my waist. There is no fuss.
And I’ve always loved to walk, it’s soothing, easy on the joints, provides some time beneath the sky, the trees, the sun. I’m eager to walk in the coolness of fall, of winter; I love walking in the dark though I do sport an orange vest in order to keep myself safe.
I always feel better after a walk, my head is clear, my heart a little lighter. More often than not, I invite my students on walk breaks. We go outside for five or ten minutes, take a little jaunt and then return to our seats. It’s always invigorating, I like to walk and talk and very often find out things that otherwise I’d miss if not for a pleasant stroll. Today a student told me how she was tired; was having trouble sleeping. We talked about how we get our most necessary rest; I told her to take more walks.
And, yes, walks, Joyful Musers, do allow for better rest, better health, better lives. I muse joyfully you’ll “laud anew” your walk, and, yes, be very Vogue.
Susan Dromey Heeter is a writer from Dover who recently let her hair go au natural white. Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards.