I woke in anticipation of my walk. My shortened morning routine, enabling an early departure, meant that I just had time for a quick look at my phone. At least one walking friend was planning to come, despite the iffy weather. Transit was slow and I hoped I wouldn’t be late.
Leaving the subway I recognized the stride of another TPW member in rain clothes and hurried to catch up with her. We walked into the cemetery together and another walker got out of her car to join us. Two others arrived and it was time to start out.
Only those who belong to a walking group could understand the pleasure of striding beside someone as you talk over your lives. Rain, snow, heat, wind – they add spice to what is essentially a self-care activity. Exercise is just a side benefit. The real benefit is exploration of one’s life through the reflection of sympathetic feedback from someone who has heard one’s life story over years of side by side talk.
Thanks to all the TPW members who have taken a turn walking beside me!