…stepping out your door. You step into a road and if you don’t keep your feet there is no telling where you might be swept off to. -Bilbo Baggins.
Today, as many days lately, I stepped out my door and walked to school. After class I walked down to the cashiers office to pick up my financial aid check. Then I walked back up campus to deposit in at the ATM machine in the student union building.
I don’t have class on Fridays so I was in no hurry on this Thursday afternoon. I thought I would like to go see Gran Tarino (which I recommend, btw) and I wondered if I could walk to the theater and back. The theater is on the other side of town. I wasn’t really sure how far it was. But I decided to go for it. So I walked to the theater. When I got there I found that I had just missed the matinee but could catch the next showing in a couple hours.
I was wearing shorts when I left the house because it was around 35F and the sun was shining – which for me is plenty warm to walk the 2 mile round trip to class and back. But now it was getting late. The sun was sinking and I realized I’d be cold on the way home since I was sort of cold now. I crossed the parking lot to Bi-Mart and found a pair of sweat pants on sale for $9. I put those in my backpack and decided to walk over to Subway and have dinner. I had a footlong chicken sandwich and soup. Subway charges too much for their soup, but otherwise it was a pleasant meal. I ate slowly and did a sudoku puzzle from a magazine I had bought with my sweatpants and then eventually made my way back to the theater. I bought my ticket and then sat and listened to an audio book I had on my iPod while waiting for the movie to start.
After the movie I changed into my sweat pants (which I was very thankful for because it had dropped down to about 25F) and left the theater. As I was leaving a free shuttle that runs all over town and back to campus pulled up. I thought about taking it but decided to tough it out and walk back home.
I’m happy to say I made it and just used Google Maps to figure out that I walked about 6.5 miles today! My left leg is a little sore – I get arthritis in that knee from time to time so I’m going to have to ice it – but other than that and some slightly sore feet I’m no worse for wear.
I’m still not really sure what possessed me to randomly walk to the theater but I’m glad I did and even more – I’m glad that I can! I could barely walk 1/4 mile this time last year – no kidding.