Is there such a thing as a mini-epiphany? If so, I’ve had one during my listening of the Katy Says podcast of late.
It’s pretty straight-forward and obvious so maybe even mini-ephinany is too strong a term, but here goes: it’s actually a good thing that we live a 30 min walk away from our child care centre because that’s extra movement we all get, similarly being further away from the train station, and also all the back and forth travel I’ve been doing over the past few weeks settling Belle in to child care has actually increased my movement and, so, is a good thing rather than a hassle. Ditto Lou never wanting to wear her shoes (so much better for her feet to be without them), Belle not liking the pram and the list goes on. I guess really what I’ve had is a change of perspective rather than an ephinany.
Things that at first glance seems to make life harder may actually be a positive thing. We try to use the car as little as possible and therefore chose where we wanted to live based on the fact we didn’t want to drive much. But we were still thinking with a sedentary mindset – wanting to be close to everything to minimise walking time. Being a bit further away from everything, shops, transport etc, though, gives us more opportunity to move.
Just as not eating sugar and flour is so hard because we are surrounded by it 24/7, so too is it hard to move rather than to be sedentary when everything is set up for this. Walking short distances to get from place to place to sit and be sedentary isn’t much different than driving everywhere.
David previously wrote here about setting up our habitat for movement and about how inner city living makes it easier to get more incidental movement. I think my new perspective builds on this and suggests a benefit in not being too conveniently located, like how it’s a good thing to not have your fridge next to your bed so you actually have to get up out of bed!
So I didn’t catch the tram home this morning despite having a few bags of groceries, but instead embraced the opportunity to move while carrying a load. I’m finding that there are opportunities to move everywhere, and I’m now embracing those instead of sighing that I have to walk the 30 minute walk to childcare again. It’s refreshing.