There was a time when I used to walk a lot more than I do now. There used to be a time when I would walk over a couple of miles, every day. I walked to classes and back. I walked to my job and back. I walked to the grocery store and back. I walked because I didn't have a car, because it was inconvenient to take the bus, because I needed exercise. Once I even walked for 20 miles, but that was a special occasion, a fund raising walk to help fight against birth defects.
Walking is not only a form of transportation and exercise, it is also a form of meditation. Many Buddhist temples contain walkways designed for meditative walks.
Walking is also a wonderful way to discover things one can so easily miss when traveling any other day. It doesn't matter where I walk - I always find things of interest to me. A thistle plant, growing in the otherwise bare patch of ground near a sign post. A sunflower growing along the pavement. An empty wasps nest that had been blown down from somewhere. Brambles growing along the banks of a creek, full of tempting blackberries. I delight in these discoveries. If I am walking with my daughter, I try to draw her attention to what I see.
Today, I went walking with my daughter. She was intent on getting from Point A to Point B. I was, too, but along the way, I saw a place on the pavement where a leaf had left an imprint in the cement, pointed out a stand of hollyhocks to my daughter, admired the dark blue agapanthus growing in a flower bed (a darker blue than the plants I grew in my garden), tried to identify the tree with red fruit that looked a bit like lychees, but weren't, and noted a hedge of pomegranate trees. I look forward to walking that route again, later.
Cars and buses are convenient and get you places, faster. But walking opens up a whole world of discovery.
Do you like to walk? Are there special routes you take because you enjoy the scenery. Do you notice things like plants growing along the pavements?