I walked a lot this week…. a lot.
In fact, my legs are actually a little sore from walking.
A few weeks ago, I started doing “walking Wednesday” with a few friends because I really wanted to have something midweek to clear my head and reset.
Walking and laughing with friends usually does that for me.
This past Wednesday I must have laughed for 10 minutes straight because I thought I saw some park rangers saving a goose…and then to my horror they got out a chainsaw and killed it.
But it wasn’t a goose… it was a tree. It was just far away and I guess I need to get new glasses. The OMG that came out of my mouth as the poor goose met the chainsaw was audible.
We laughed a lot.
So here’s the thing about Walking Wednesday.
I deliberately block my schedule with no obligations or meetings or commitments for this time. My schedule is pretty packed during the week otherwise between coaching, kids stuff, training and general life. But I clear an entire morning each week just for walking.
It actually sounds pretty inefficient and certainly unproductive. A free morning would probably be a great time to talk to new clients, write new articles, or at a minimum, get to the grocery store or run kid errands. Especially in the middle of the week.
So why do I do it?
I’m going to give you 5 reasons.
1. For the clarity. Being outside and doing something simple like walking or hiking feels like therapy. I breath, I step, I look, I listen. I’m don’t know that I am particularly “tuned in” with nature, but for me its like a mental palate cleaner. Things just seem better afterwards and more clear.
2. For the stress relief. When I walk and talk, I relax. Laughing with friends, listening to the day to day, talking about life….and walking is a fantastic stress reliever. I use this time to deliberately relieve stress.
3. For the activity. Yup…for the activity. Even though I train 4-5 days per week that doesn’t mean I’m as active as I would like. I work at the computer a lot these days and I need to get out and move more.
4. For the friendship. It’s important to set aside time for others. To listen, to laugh, to support, to move together.
5. For the ownership. This one might be my favorite. If you let the world dominate you schedule and your “to do” list… it will. Nobody is going to give you permission for this kind of time. You have to take it. I like that this exists in my week, because in the back of my mind I know I am pushing against the grind and pace of everyday life. I own my days and if I want this time I’ll take it.
Here is the most important takeaway from my Walking Wednesday. It wouldn’t exist unless I deliberately scheduled it and prioritized it. Period. Nobody was going to give me this gift. I created it.
Do you have anything in your week like this? Do you have a time that you schedule and prioritize an activity that fills your cup the way walking Wednesday does for me.
There might be a hundred reasons why you don’t. But I want to point you to #5. You are the owner of your days. Push back against the grind. You deserve this kind of time as much as I do.
My challenge to you this week is to pick your own thing. It doesn’t have to be walking, but it should be doable like walking. Put it in your calendar and prioritize it like an important meeting. After you do it, reflect on what it does for you.
Maybe you can’t do a whole morning, but even 30 minutes is a great place to start.
Does it sound impossible?…but also like something you would want?
Write me back and we’ll try to figure out how to put it in your week.
You deserve your own walking Wednesday. It’s up to you to create it.