I gravitate to reads about walking. Especially those that extrapolate the connection between mindful reflection and walking. Hence today’s review of What I’ve Just Finished Reading.
Wanderlust: A History of Walking, by Rebecca Solnit
Background to why I read this book: Walking and reflection sustain me through my angst and anxiety. My current theory:
Walking works to the same pace as reflection, thus the former ekes out the latter.
So much in life works too fast for discerning reflection. Most of what we do frazzles us. Walking brings us back to a dignified, even, expansive space.
Hand-writing (journal writing) does the same.
US-based writer Rebecca Solnit touches on these themes in her dense and often feminist treatise on the purposeful stroll. Nicely, I read it during my clinic stay in India, which prescribed no movement apart from a little gentle walking. I found the book in the clinic “library”. Of course I did. It was exactly what I needed to read. Life works like that.
The gist you need to know about: Wanderlust is a series of essays that esoterically explores random