Tough to Take a Walk
By Mimi Parseghian
While reading one of those end of the old year, beginning of the new articles – you know, one of those focusing on finance, career, relationships, health and exercise – I saw an item that I liked: go for a walk outside at least once a week.
Sounds good. So yesterday, I decided to begin this new ritual. Well, where I live in Lowell, that is not an easy thing to do. First, some of the streets do not have sidewalks and some of the sidewalks are not properly cleaned, especially the ones owned by the city or the state.
Nevertheless, I ventured out. The weather and the conditions of the streets were not my biggest challenge, cars were. If you are regular walker and you stroll through streets that have few pedestrians, those driving cars seem to resent your presence.
They own the street and if you, like me, need to walk on the edge of the road, beware. Some did move over to the center of the road as they drove by, some tried to avoid the puddles so I would not be drenched, but they were not the majority.
Walking is not only good for your health but it also makes you much more aware and respectful of your surroundings. For example, there is a woman who lives near me who I occasionally see walking around with a large garbage bag. As she walks, she picks up litter thrown out the windows of cars.
I got the message, I moved to a parking lot and walked around there. So next time, I will get in my car and drive to a path where the joggers and bikers do not mind sharing the road with me.