This year I have walked a couple of miles almost every day, and when I miss a day, I notice it. Usually, one of the parks close by, which has an extensive trail system. We should all be getting outside more. A walk in nature will help clear the head and can bring peace to your mind.
Have some serious things on your mind and need to work them out? Between the physical aspect of a walk and taking away the digital world’s distractions, it will give you a space of time to think clearly. Working different angles of the problem in your mind will often help answer or figure out what questions you need to ask yourself and research.
Other times when walking, your mind is free of clutter and noise, and you soak in your surroundings. Testing your observation skills, either consciously or in the background. You notice things that you usually would never pay attention to.
One should not let their situational awareness drop. At times, you need to raise or lower it, yet never shut it off. Learning to moderate this skill takes time and practice. Walking is an excellent time to practice, especially when the threat level is low.
What is that rustle in leaves? Did you spot the squirrel or other rodent running through them?
One time alongside the road in a shallow gully, I watched the leaves lift and lower like a wave in the ocean. In an open spot, I saw a reasonably large field mouse running through them. Thinking he was hiding from predators from above. When at least for me, between the noise and movement of leaves brought more attention to him, IMO.
Will nature catch up with him, or did that mouse know something more about survival than I? something to contemplate.
One of my favorite things walking in the park is to find the deer. There are quite a few of them. When the wind is right and walking quietly, one can come upon them often. Spotting them can be a challenge, and when startled, they move quickly with little noise.
The bucks will often stand and determine how much of a threat you are. The does typically run off quickly without looking behind them. Then you have the fawns, who often have not developed the fear of humans yet. They will stand and watch you, determining and learning what kind of danger you possess to them.
The dynamic of deer and how they interact with humans is fascinating. Interestingly, it does not really matter if they are in the park somewhat protected or more in wild areas where they are hunted. Partly I think this is due to how much they roam and their interactions with humans daily.
Observing humans has been a past time of mine in all types of situations. Walking in the park gives a good variety of people to observe.
“Confidence and Challenge” come to mind when observing those that walk in the park. How many have a lack of either continues to astound me.
It is refreshing to see those that hold their head high, walk with confidence, and give you a greeting or return one. Often a short chat ensues, a moment when you enjoy nature with another of like-mindedness.
The number of men that will not look you in the eye for even a moment. Who avert their gaze in any direction but one that will allow eye contact. What lack of confidence these men have.
It is not always due to a lack of strength. Many of these men you can tell workout in some capacity. At the very least, they are active. Next, it’s not always the station in life that they portray, well dressed, nice car, etc. The lack of confidence makes you wonder how they got to what they are trying to portray.
I think the men that irritate me the most when I walk are the ones that let their women take the lead. They have the confidence to look me in the eye and offer a greeting as we pass as their men look ashamed walking next to them, knowing they don’t have the fortitude of their girl.
When it comes to confident men who do not fear a challenge, all social segregation is thrown out. What is recognized is the strength of the other and bearing of how they carry themselves. In moments you can deduce men of character. Now, this is no deep dive into personality, more what their outward appearance shows. Do not fool yourself; a book is initially judged by its cover.
It is interesting in my walks that women, more often than not, offer more greetings than men, will look you in the eye as they walk past. Have no fear of the challenge. When I look at history, I do not think women have changed all that much in their interactions with men. I think more, so men have been ones to change and become weaker.
As I stated above, ones walking with their men are even more inclined to take the lead. The few, let’s say reserved women, who follow the lead of their man, are ones who walk with confident men. The dynamics of both couples are very blatant.
Age plays a bit more apart with women than it does with men, in my observations. Men are either weak or confident age seems to have a little bearing here. Women, as they age, seem to become more confident. Interesting how this seems to play out.
Ahh, yes, I feel this needs address also in simple terms. On the trails, a mask is entirely useless. Though it does show a couple of different mindsets in people, both male and female.
The first is those who don’t wear one and realize that it is total bullshit, especially out on the trails. Not to say that they won’t wear one into a store that requires it. That is a different article, though.
Next, you have those who have swallowed hook, line, and sinker the government and MSM lies. Wearing their mask everywhere thinking it will save them. I feel pity as I see some who walk the trails with one on then get into their car by themselves, never taking it off.
The third group is the ones that make me laugh the most, though. They know that the mask is bullshit, yet make a show of wearing it for whatever reason. Really walking down the path, you see a person, so you put it on. Only to take right back off as soon as you pass them. This is the most prominent form of idiocracy and virtue signaling.
Either be a sheep and a conformist or buck the system and not wear it all. Those that play on the razor edge are the same that will stab you in the back and turn on you. Beware of them.
A simple thing can change your interactions with people. When you step outside of your home, hold your head high, shoulders back, and walk with confidence. Become a force to be reckoned with. Greet people when you go on a walk or simple errands.
People are continually challenging you if you wish them to or not. They are taking stock of your character. Judging you by your cover. Be one that stands up to the challenge and not to be seen wanting.
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