Monday, August 29, 2016
We are all peripatetic
I think as humans we can all say that we're peripatetic in some way; it's a common coping mechanism for many situations like stress or depression, but also as an ingrained part of us to have the need to walk. I don't mean the need to walk from place to place (if that were the case, then all students would be peripatetic walking to and from classes), but simply walking because it makes you happy--it nurtures you.
As a child I always went on walks with my dad. Living in the backwoods of the country, we had a lot of property and a lot of things to explore. Walking was something we did for fun. Not only for each others companionship, but to view the Earth in ways we often don't observe in this day and age--I'll admit, I haven't been the best peripatetic recently. However, hiking has rekindled my love for walking again. Going alone specifically has opened my mind to slowing down once and a while. The only thing for miles is the trail and yourself, or perhaps a deer or two. Walking in nature is particularly beneficial. It was John Muir who stated "In every walk in nature one receives far more than he seeks" and I couldn't agree more. Nature, I think, is the most important component to a good “thinking session”. I believe Henry Thoreau put it best when he said “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees”.