I walk every day, and it is wonderful.
Walking serves as a universal solution for me, because with one simple, minimalist action, I’m able to:
- get some fresh air and appreciate nature
- get some exercise and get healthier
- clear my head and rid myself of stress
- explore the city that is my new home in ways not otherwise possible
- spend time with my wife and kids in a healthy, fun way
- reflect, and compose new things to write about
- work better than ever—I walk, then stop and write on my laptop, then walk, and repeat that a number of times.
You don’t need anything to walk, and yet it gives you everything—health, clarity, fun, creativity, productivity, a connection with your environment.
I walk with no destination in mind. I set out, usually with my laptop and a book and a pocket notebook in my backpack, and I walk. It might be for 30 minutes or an hour or more, and I’ll find a new place to sit down and read or write—a park or a beach or a coffee shop or a library.
I’ll write, then I’ll walk some more. There’s no set schedule, but boy, I get more writing done as I walk than I ever did just sitting around the house.
Sometimes I’ll bring my wife and kids, and we’ll explore new territory, and then I’ll find a place to rest and work. When I bring my kids, I pack a bottle of water and some snacks (fruit, PB and J sandwiches). They’re getting to be amazing walkers.
I’m in better shape than ever before, and I don’t need a gym to get fit. I sprint up hills, race my kids. It’s minimalist fitness.
Walking is my meditation. I don’t need a pillow or a yoga mat—I just walk, and clear my head, and focus on being present.
I walk, and I create, and I am happy.