I read a post by Phil from War On Diabetes recently. It mentioned that walking is found to boost the process of thinking, and having creative thoughts. I had to agree, as most of my thoughts and ideas for posts on this blog do come to me when I am walking every day with Ollie.
Having time to think is a luxury, living in our modern world. I have been lucky that I have always made time for this, but walking for two hour periods and more definitely assists with this process. Much of what I write comes to me during those walks. Often, it is about the walks themselves, but sometimes it is about many other things. Ideas, old songs, reminiscences of the past, or just something that I need to get out of my brain, or off my proverbial chest.
It can be a little strange, going over ideas for posts as you walk a dog. The words and structures form in my mind as I stroll; and sometimes it all comes together so well, once I get back to the keyboard. There are other times, when I discard certain themes, or consider that they may be better expressed on my ‘other’ blog. Generally though, they develop well, and by the time that I have returned home, it is simply a matter of committing them to the screen, and hitting ‘Publish’. On a very few occasions, I wish that I could get these thoughts and ideas from my head. They interrupt the flow of the dog-walking, and the interaction with people I meet on the way becomes an irritation, a diversion from what I was thinking about.
In general, the walking develops the ideas though, and they flow into my mind like an unstoppable torrent. This forces me to choose the best ones, and to cast aside the mundane. I walk every day, unfailingly, come rain or shine, so the ideas come at the same rate; a daily surge of thoughts and subjects, all crying out, at least in my thoughts, for publication and consideration. If I didn’t walk, would I still write? That question occurs to me often. I might still write, but it could be less involved, less rounded, less considered; perhaps not worth reading.
So, fellow bloggers. Start walking.