It’s The Step That Counts, Not The Thought

Have you done your one thousand steps lately? Whether you live in a suburb or an area of a high population density, there’s bound to be a place where you can stretch the legs and move around. Luckily, living in Sydney means there’re plenty of outdoor spaces to do just that.

I love going out and about on Sundays. What I’ve been doing routinely is to take my dog out for a drive then head down to a beach or a bush for a good 3 hour long walk, rain or shine. It’s my way of recharging the batteries and keeping my fitness at an optimum level. It’s a routine I’m mostly proud of. However, to maintain it hasn’t always been easy. I’m only a human, from time to time I do feel unmotivated to hit the road and go the extra mile. When it happens, it’s a battle in my mind. I remember those moments when the lazy bug tried to bite me, it created an internal turmoil – an inevitable process I had to go through. At the end I still managed to steer clear of it and make the trip, reluctantly or not. Perhaps it was my guilty feeling that made those decisions for me.

My mindset has started to shift since I stumbled upon two old ladies along the walk over two weeks ago, one was even with a stick on one hand to keep her balance. They briefly stopped to say hello and asked if they could have a photo taken with my dog. The radiance on their faces was infectious. And on the same trail just last week, I saw a father carrying a toddler on his shoulders secured with traps and a saddle, still walking tall and making each step count. Ordinary people like them are an inspiration, the epitome of walk the walk and make no excuses.

Next time, when I struggle to step outside my comfort zone and do some leg work, I will think of these people and move on as quickly as I can. Never know, one day I might become someone’s inspiration – the guy walking with a Shih Tzu dog…

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