Moseying...

In Week 20 our Wake Up challenge was to walk to some place 5x slower than our normal speed.

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May 17, 2016
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I've always been a fast walker. I glory in slalom-ing through the grannies and push-chairs, and all those aimless people with no sense of direction. I can't bear seeing anyone in front of me and I just can't help ramping it up to get past them and have a clear horizon (yes, there have also been a few speeding tickets in my life...)

I honestly tried to slow down, although not so much for the challenge (which irked me from the moment I read it, cutting across my core self as it did) but for the sake of friends. I tried to slow down and walk with my husband (mentally running in circles around him...). I tried to walk with a friend in London (she made me stand on the escalators - I mean, really!!!!) And it drove me nuts. I could genuinely feel my blood pressure rising with frustration, so I gave it up as a bad job; it turns out I'm built to walk alone - and out in front.

But I do have a tiny success I can report; a little ritual that has lasted as long as I've gardened. Every day I walk around my garden at a snail's pace. I seek out new bud and leafs, watch ladybirds busily munching my greenfly, and, especially at this time of year, I am astounded by the changes in just one day. These tiny miracles make slowing down not just possible, but inevitable.

So my lesson this week is about being true to who I am, and taking life at the pace that works for me.

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Vanessa

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Mark Cuddy about 2 years ago

Spot on - 100% Life's there to grabbed hold of and if your pace is speedy then go speedy. That's twice you've made me laugh out loud and smile this morning while I wait all day for a TV guy to turn up, thank heavens for the internet and erm books, ahem, ha, ha - thank you.

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Vanessa about 2 years ago

My pleasure, Mark. I was so happy when I read your post to learn I wasn't alone!

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Mark Cuddy about 2 years ago

I was happy to learn I'm not alone too. I'll tell you what all this waiting around for things to happen in my apartment is doing my head in! Sarah's fine with it but I like things to be done today and I hate waiting around. Tuesday I waited around for someone, Wednesday I waited around for three people, Thursday I waited around for two people, Friday I'm waiting around for someone else! Don't get me wrong I'm chillin' as well but there is nothing happy about waiting for a person to turn up and being told, "I'll be there in the afternoon." Or "I'll be delivering it between 2 and 5! I'd like to think I'm more accurate with guesswork, ahem. Thanks for listening to a man having a moan - it's something we do well according to Sarah, ahem. Take it easy. I'm just going to stare out of my window at this beautiful view and have a second coffee (naughty Mark, I only usually have one but it is such a nice view and the bird song - wow!) Then I'll be off to take the Bobster out for a walk. Take care and thanks for listening and thanks for sharing a window on your world in 'wake up' it's always a joy to read.

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Vanessa about 2 years ago

Oh, Mark, I am so with you! One delivery is bad enough - why, oh, why can't they be more precise - but a week of it... When we last moved it was into a new build house and it took nearly a month for BT to install a phone line so we could have the internet. Beside myself doesn't begin to cover it. On the bright side, though, gorgeous views, birdsong and a second cup of coffee sounds like a pretty good consolation!

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Mark Cuddy about 2 years ago

Vanessa the truth is I don't watch TV (except QuestionTime) but Sarah is stressed out (she's missing Judge Judy repeats I think). The job of fixing the TV signal will be fixed by next Tuesday. I'm not bothered I'll just stare out of the window or go up the hills (today will be my fourth trip up the hills in five days, ha, ha - I love it up there). I'll tell you what if I did have any savings they've disappeared in the last four days, ahem. But as you said it will all be worth it in the long run - thanks for your words of wisdom. I'm literally off to put my boots on for another trek up those gorgeous hills - yeah, yeah! Take it easy.

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Chris Baréz-Brown about 2 years ago

Nice one Vanessa, we are all unique C x