What a marvellous idea! A day dedicated to reminding us to take it easy, look at the view and smell the roses. In our hectic, fast-paced, technology-fuelled lives, it is all too easy to get caught up in a maelstrom of stress and activity, but life does not always have to be like that.
The day was originally created in 1978 at Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan, by a man named W.T.Rabe in response to the growing craze of jogging. Instead, we are encouraged to slow down and have a more meditative approach to life, being more aware of our surroundings, those around us and our own well-being.
World Sauntering Day is celebrated on 19th June, but bizarrely this is the day directly after World Panic Day. So, why not take out all your stress this Wednesday with an aggressive workout, and then wake up on Thursday with an open, empty mind and a free spirit. Instead of taking the bus or tube and battling with all those commuters in a cramped space, stroll to work, feel the ground under your feet and enjoy the freedom of the open air. Enjoy the view, say “good morning” to those you pass, strike up a conversation with a stranger, and stop at a cafe or store. Think about all you have to be grateful for and be content.
Sauntering is not just about walking slowly, there is a relaxed contentment to the gait and a clear lack of intent to arrive at a destination. The journey in itself is worthy of the walk.
Here’s to sauntering!