I completed a 12-hour walk and did more than survive
A solo walkabout might just change your life
I completed a 12-hour walk last week during a solo mini-sabbatical in Toronto. The 12-hour walk movement was started by Colin O’Brady. The purpose of my walk was about discernment: what my best next steps in life should be, so I planned my walk to be filled with beauty and connection. In the end, I received many more insights than I expected. It was a beautiful trek.
The Walk Route
I put on a comfortable pair of walking shoes and dressed for the weather. I started by walking to over seven public parks. At each park, I rested. While I walked, I listened to a podcast, read a short audiobook, and tuned into a summer music playlist. However, electronic media did not fill my ears all the time. There were times peppered throughout when I walked in silence. At a point during the day, I happened upon Toronto’s Exhibition Place and added it to route: I experienced rides, visited tons of exposition booths, and so much more! I stopped for a delicious lunch, after which I joined a tour of the city. I returned to the hotel, where I started eleven hours later. (Could I have pushed on and walked for 30 more minutes to stick with the total 12-hour commitment? Yes, but I tuned into how I was feeling and was ready to stop; I felt whole.)
K. Joseph's 12-Hour Walk
I completed a 12-hour walk last week during a solo mini-sabbatical in Toronto. The 12-hour walk movement was started by…
My Insights and Actions
From my 12-hour walk, I discerned that a life of joy is about flow and timing. As well, I am reminded to follow my heart above all else. I learned that even the roughest edges could be beautiful if we take the time to look. Making time to commune and connect with people in my network and new folks of diverse backgrounds is impossible to do without a life well lived. I should aim high in my goals and dreams, but I also need to be aware of the potential roadblocks that might trip me up along the way. When those come along, flex and carry-on. The most significant understanding I came to from my day-long walk was: I can do hard things!
I hope you enjoyed learning about my 12-hour walk! If you ever do something similar, I recommend it. For me, it was a compelling way to connect with myself and what I am called to do next.
Walking is an accessible activity many of us can do, even if 12 hours seems daunting. Are you are feeling lost or just need some time for self-reflection? Consider carving out some time for a solo walkabout. It does not have to be in another country, it could be in your own town. Do it! It just might change your life.
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