There was method to my madness after all

Daviot Kelly
Daviot Kelly

July 4, 2022

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“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” John Muir

When I wore a younger man’s clothes (as the lyric goes from the Billy Joel song, Piano Man), I used to walk a lot.

When I say a lot, I mean whole heap. As long as I did not have any assignments or stories working on, I would walk from the office to wherever I needed to get. So if I had to buy something in Cross Roads, I would hoof it up East Street, Heroes Cirle and Marescaux Road. On a really light day, I could even make it to Half-Way Tree. Dependent on time, I would probably take a taxi back. Once I walked pretty much the length of Marcus Garvey Drive to get back to the office after an assignment. And there was that trek from Loshusan centre. I repeat, I only did this when I knew I had the time. The ‘simpler’ walks were to the Kingston waterfront. But those trips were when I needed to clear my head, which, much like the last three years, happened quite often. There was another trek to a section of east Kingston, but we won’t go too much into that one

Now, as you might guess, some of my colleagues and friends were curious (at best), and downright concerned (at worst). I think part of their reasoning was that maybe one day I would walk somewhere and not return. But I always maintained that the walking was good for me, mentally and physically, and recently, that belief has been reinforced. As you would guess, I haven’t been very active since 2020 due to Ms Corona and the continued work-from-home policies (to be fair, the laziness started loooong before that). But I recently started doing light walking exercises at home. Thank God for YouTube. Now, I am not at the point where I was, like in my 20s. Quite frankly, I don’t know if I ever will, simply because the human body doesn’t get stronger as you age. I mean my legs, particularly the knees, have not been very appreciative of the stepping. But I do feel better overall. I’ve found a way to fit it into my routine and I think I’m making some progress.

Now, with the renewed mentality as it relates to wellness, some might consider this par for the course. Except, as I have pointed out at length (pun intended), I was doing this walking years ago. Maybe it’s some of that exercise from that time that’s been keeping me relatively healthy. Don’t get me wrong, my physique is not that of a Greek statue. Nor do I expect that it will ever get to that point. But as of right now, I feel a tad like my old self (before all the crosses, both foreign and domestic). And all from just taking a ‘few’ steps daily.

Hmm, walking my troubles (and excess body fat) away. Who could imagine that would work?

Link me at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com.

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Daviot Kelly describes mumbling and fumbling as two of his greatest obstacles in life, but not when it comes to penning his weekly column, Kelly’s World. A wizard with the pen, Kelly has been sharing his wit and unique perspective with the Flair since 2006.

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