I know that by the Year 2045, there will be more adults on this earth than children. This phenomenon will be a first in the history of the world. In fact, all of civilization is getting older. We are it. We are the generation of now. The generation of older Americans.
There's so much pressure to always go, go, go: get places faster, accomplish goals more quickly, cram as much as possible into one day. Walking is slow and forces you to pay attention to your surroundings and be more aware.
When "hills" come in life; don't stop and stare at it; that will just make you anxious. Don't stop in the middle, you'll have a much harder time starting again. And don't quit just after, do a victory lap; keep going. Because the top of the hill wasn't the end. The journey continues.
The United States remains intensely car friendly -- and pedestrian hostile. And that says a lot about our public safety, health, future obesity epidemic and how seriously we believe in global climate change.
From the Hajj to the Stations of the Cross, the greatest pilgrimages involve walking. And many pilgrims purposefully make their gait more arduous in order to slow their pace even more. Now I understand why.
I've discovered that walking, in a purposeful and conscious way, is the walking that has the most magical of all benefits, because it connects you to a higher spiritual place, a source of unlimited possibilities.
We all know the rules of the road, but as gas becomes more expensive and we learn more about the environmental hazards driving imposes, it might be a good time to focus on learning a new skill: walking.