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Time to get moving.

Walking is the best possible exercise.  Habituate yourself to walk very far.

~ Thomas Jefferson

Cloudy day

I read a really long piece on Facebook this morning about self-care.

It starts:

Self-care is often a very unbeautiful thing.

It is making a spreadsheet of your debt and enforcing a morning routine and cooking yourself healthy meals and no longer just running from your problems and calling the distraction a solution.

It is often doing the ugliest thing that you have to do, like sweat through another workout or tell a toxic friend you don’t want to see them anymore or get a second job so you can have a savings account or figure out a way to accept yourself so that you’re not constantly exhausted from trying to be everything, all the time and then needing to take deliberate, mandated breaks from living to do basic things like drop some oil into a bath and read Marie Claire and turn your phone off for the day.

A world in which self-care has to be such a trendy topic is a world that is sick. Self-care should not be something we resort to because we are so absolutely exhausted that we need some reprieve from our own relentless internal pressure.

True self-care is not salt baths and chocolate cake, it is making the choice to build a life you don’t need to regularly escape from.

And that often takes doing the thing you least want to do.

~ Brianna Wiest, Thought Catalog

There is more to it and if you’d like to read the rest, you will find the original here (at Thought Catalog).

A glimpse of the Mystery Woods.

I sometimes forget that self-care isn’t just about the soak in the tub or sitting in the comfy chair reading a good book.  Self-care can be work, a lot of work.  It can be going out for a walk when the weather isn’t quite what you’d like it to be, getting up early for yoga and meditation, an hour or two in the kitchen prepping vegetables for healthful meals.

So, in the spirit of self-care and in keeping with yesterday’s post about training for long walks, I’m going to post occasionally about my walks.  Photos will be limited to three and they will be taken with my phone since I will not be carrying the big camera with me on what I think of as training walks.  The accountability will be helpful.

I walked for a mere 40 minutes this afternoon and my mileage was about 2 miles.  I would have gone longer and farther, but it began to rain.  Not just any kind of rain, either.  Frozen rain.  It was not on the radar before I left and it wasn’t predicted, but it’s still icing up outside.  Somebody got that wrong when they predicted the weather for today.  That’s okay.  It was a start, and a good one at that.

Setting out for my walk.
(The unedited version of the first photo.)

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂



Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

8 thoughts on “Walking

  1. Taking care of oneself is not a selfish act, as so many mistakenly believe. It pays homage to the life we have been given, and in that respect, is a spiritual act. Gratitude foremost, where we can then go forward to create a better world for ourselves and others. Good ripples outward, always!


  2. Good for you, Robin. I like the Jefferson quote and I’ve taken it to heart lately. I’ve had to start increasing my walks, which I will do each month until September, when I leave for the Camino. This week, I moved up from my normal 3 mile walks to 3.5, 4.5, 4.0 and yesterday 4.75, and on one walk I carried a 5 1/2 lb backpack, plus going to the gym several times. Next week will be more increases, plus time at the gym and weight lifting. You’re right, Robin, self-care can be hard work and time consuming. Now, with another crisis in my household, I need to definitely find a way “to build a life [I] don’t need to regularly escape from.”


  3. No longer running from our problems and distracting ourselves. Yep. Self-care really is more than that delightful tub or armchair with book. I really like the last unedited photo of your purple self.


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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