How Walking Can Change the World

531479_324356400989521_2074277816_nIt seems such a simple act one can most naturally do – walking. So how can simply going for a walk make a difference in someone else’s life or truly do anything more than help us burn a few calories?

Long Distance Walking For A Cause

It isn’t everyday that a person walks much farther than their own mailbox these days. Cars and other modes of transportation have made getting to where we need to go faster and easier than throughout human history. So when a person makes a commitment to do something out of the ordinary, such as walking a long distance, it brings with it a capacity to raise attention for a cause we may be passionate about.

Personally, clean water is the physical need which I aim to help provide to the nearly 1 billion people on earth who currently lack life’s most vital resource. By doing something out of the ordinary, such as the ordinary act of walking (ironic, huh?), I hope to bring attention to the issue and hopefully raise funds for some specific projects solving the problem we face in our human world.

Meeting People You Would Have Driven Past

When we walk we have opportunities that only this 3 mile-per-hour mode of transportation could offer – meeting people. Nearly every person I walk beside or in opposing directions stops say hello which often leads to conversations and friendship. It isn’t always easy going deeper than the generic “how’s it going?” question and then continuing on without another thought. But most of the time by asking a simple question about the town or for a suggestion on a good place to eat, the door is opened to greater discussion and the opportunity is presented to encourage others and discuss the cause for which I am walking. In 2012 as I walking through Venice Beach, I would estimate that I had genuine conversations with at least 50 people in a day, which was a great audience with whom to deliver a message.

Walking is something that most of us are completely equipped with the two essential tools to do (a left and right leg). Many will cite the health benefits of walking, which are certainly evident, but I walk for the incredible people, for the beautiful sights, and for the cause.

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  1. Dylan, thank you for including my post, “Walk Beside Me.” Though it’s not your typical post about “walking,” it’s about how, one evening, my six year old son and i were headed back inside after a fun summer evening playing at the park and he asked me, “mom, could you walk beside me?”

    There’s a lot there in that question!

    In that moment, I went and literally walked beside him. But it made me think about how we “walk with” people – sometimes we walk in front of them – holding out hope or holding the light for them so they can make their way. Other times we walk behind them — allowing them space to explore and venture out on their own. And there are other times when we walk just right beside someone — accompanying them.

    YOU are doing this! Going before, after, and alongside others. This is really beautiful, Dylan. Many blessings to you!

    Lisa A. McCrohan

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