While walking, do you ever observe…?

@kamran12 (5555)
Pakistan
February 26, 2008 2:18pm CST
How you walk? What type of walk you walk? Is it Calm; smooth and steady; brisk; shaky; rhythmical like dancing or what? Does it matter or affect how you feel inside? Like having variations of walk depending upon mood! Does it matter where you are? Like, in formal setting or casual or just being yourself! Where do you look while walking? On ground; straight or your eyes are busy in getting maximum visual images? And, do you observe others while they walk? Do you try to guess what they have on their minds just by the way they walk? Did you ever get surprised by how accurate you were if you find out what really was on that person’s mind? Am I asking too many questions? If so, just respond to as many as possible! :-) Thanks!
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@novataylor (6572)
• United States
26 Feb 08
You're absolutely not asking too many questions, Kamran. You're asking very good ones - I happen to think they're great. I do watch people walk, and it's sometimes so obvious how they're feeling. Body language and posture, and your gait, tell a lot about you. It's funny, in the summer, I always watch people's feet in their sandals to see if they lift their toes when they take a step. Most people do that. Ever noticed it? My hubby just shakes his head an "only you" kind of expression on his face when I point that out. But watch sometime, Kamran, you'll see. I don't lift my toes when I take a step, by the way, in case you were wondering. How I walk depends entirely on my mood, what I'm doing and where I'm going. I usually walk quite fast, with determination. When I'm walking on the street, I definitely don't look like a good target. But, when there's a full moon, I tend to not look where I'm going at all, for staring at the moon, and sometimes I get a little tripped up. I like to look around me when I walk and see what there is to see. I love the leaves falling and kicking through them on the ground and sometimes, the sidewalk is just covered with these beautiful yellow leaves and I squint a little, and it's like walking in a fairy land. Sigh. There's a driveway on our street that leads to nowhere, as the house is long, long gone and the yard belongs to the next house. I love walking up this driveway, or riding my bicycle up it, thinking every time that maybe this time I will go through some door, to another world, another universe. It hasn't happened yet, but I'm still hopeful.
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• United States
26 Feb 08
My first husband said to my friend once, at a concert I was working, "look at her, she's so beautiful. She bounces when she walks, every time she takes a step." I thought that was the lovliest thing to say and never forgot it, clearly. It's those little things that will always make you smile that you hold on to, yes?
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
You seem to be quite an observant person, novataylor, and I am not surprised at all. I tend to notice quite a few interesting things with regards to walking habits of people. And yes, it tells a lot about them, their nature, life style and what may be on their minds. In addition to lift a whole toe, some also lift their foot thumb discretely, some stress on outer periphery of their feet while they take steps and some on inner. There are a lot of other interesting things people do related just to taking steps! :-) As to your personal walking habits, I am not surprised again as I see you full of life. I love doing all that too while walking. And, that was really a lovely thing that your first husband said about you. And yes, many little things make us smile and feel happy always! Thank you very much for sharing! :-)
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• United States
27 Feb 08
I'm quite sure you will get here, so I'm tucking this in right here. I'm off to lullabye land, and I wanted to wish you a lovely good night, Kamran, good night Hector, and good night ada. I don't know if I'm using that right, but you know what I mean by it, anyway, and the esteem I wish to convey by it's use.
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@subha12 (18453)
• India
27 Feb 08
yes i think most of the time I walk briskly when i am walking alone. But when with my parents i slow down the speed of walking. May be when I am in deep thought i walk slowly as well. it depends on the mood. When I am happy i tend to walk fast
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello subha12! You are right, a companion or deep thought can slow one down when one is actually habitual of walking briskly alone, which happens to me too. And yes, mood does have an effect on our pace and style! Thanks for sharing!:-)
@youless (93535)
• Guangzhou, China
27 Feb 08
Usually I will pay attention to the stores, restaurants etc. when I am walking. As it's my way to get to know what's available in the street. When one day I need to buy something, at least I can be sure where I can find it.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello youless!:-) You seem to be not only observant but quite wise too, my friend! It’s good to keep oneself informed about surrounding and possibilities while walking! Thanks for sharing!:-)
• Singapore
27 Feb 08
How I walk depends on my mood and the urgency of the day. If there is no hurry required, why hurry? Otherwise I walk briskly and might even run a bit. While walking, I do look around if I have nothing better to do. But chances are I would be listening to the radio and/or doing my own musing about life. :P
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello lordwarwizard!:-) It’s good to see you. I hope you and your family is doing fine!? Yes, it depends on mood and one need not hurry when there is no need. Still, some people have a habit of walking briskly like yourself and myself too!:-) It’s good that you can do your musing about life on your way; reflection on one’s way can be very promising sometimes or perhaps oftentimes! Thanks for sharing, my friend!:-)
@goldic (26)
• Indonesia
27 Feb 08
I like to watch people walk. Sometimes I make a comment of their walk, but only telling to my friend near me. Specially for a girl with "high class" walk....you know with their "left and right"...but I like it....I like to watch they walk....
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello goldic, Welcome to mylot. I hope this will be an enjoyable and satisfying experience for you to be here. Just don’t get too much involved, it can be addictive too! :-) I too enjoy watching people walk and feel and share life and happiness in them. I don’t think, however, that I was able to follow your comment about ‘high class’ walk, can you elaborate please? Thanks for sharing, anyway! :-)
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@cdparazo (5768)
• Philippines
27 Feb 08
I don't think how I should walk while I am walking. I believe the way one walks depends on what is on ones mind while walking. If I think I'm gonna be late, so I walk briskly. If I think I have all the time in the world, then I walk pretty casually. Most of the time, I don't observe my surroundings when I walk because my mind is always preoccupied about something but if it isn't then I try to observe my surroundings more closely. Sometimes I just walk and walk and realize that I have already passed my destination. LOL! I am a thinker and I get so engrossed in what I was thinking most of time.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
You are right, cdparazo, how we walk depends on what’s on our minds, our speed and style is governed by the time we have at hand and our state of mind. It’s pretty usual for thinkers to ignore others and surroundings while walking. I do that too sometimes and other times I enjoy feeling the happiness of others; people especially children, animals and nature! That’s interesting that you sometime go past your destination while walking. Again, it’s not abnormal at all especially for thinkers! Thanks for sharing!:-)
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
26 Feb 08
My Dad had to work out in California for a long time when I was a teenager. During the summer I got to go out there. We would go to Disneyland and sit and watch people go by. We would guess where they were from, and what they did for a living etc. Dad was great with body language and he taught me everything he knew. Sometimes the people would sit near us and we would talk to them and of course in a place like that, they would tell us where they were from and what they did so we could learn if we were right. Dad was always right and I got better and better with practice. I still do it. It is a good skill to have I think. I think one's mood has a definite effect on one's whole movement. If you are happy you tend to move more freely maybe even with a little dance to the step. If you are lost in thought, you would tend to move at a smooth steady pace not paying much attention to those around you. If you are nervous, you are more apt to make a mistake just when you would least wish to do so. Like tripping or dropping something during a formal situation. You would tend to be stiffer and straighter and try not to look around. I tend to fall into the casual group. I don't take things too seriously. Life is too short to get nervous and upset about things. Before I walked with a cane, and sometimes even now, I walked quickly and would do silly stuff to get whoever I was with to laugh and join in. I hate pomposity. I like folks who are down to earth and in tune with the earth. I don't know if this answers your questions, but I tried. Shalom~Salaam~Peace
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello Adoniah, You are right, it’s really interesting to tell from where someone belong and what they do just by observing their walking habits. Though every individual is unique, yet, there are things that we can generalize about one group of people, of course always with some exceptions. It is interesting to know that you father always got it right! :-) You also seem to be quite observant and so right about how people walk depending on their moods and state of mind. Yes, life is too short to get nervous and too upset about things, though there are always things that bother tender hearts. Still, we can enjoy life as it unfolds. Pomposity, fake pride and arrogance can damage none more than oneself. Thanks for sharing!:-) Shalom! PS: I like your new avatar, you seem to have healthy collection of avatars!:-)
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@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
26 Feb 08
When I'm walking I think about where I'm going or what I'm really doing. I notice people if they are attractive or somebody I know. If I'm upset I'll walk despondently, excited I walk quickly, busy I walk fast, tired I walk slowly - It depends mostly on the person's mood. At least for me.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
You have predictable walking habits Bluepatch, thanks for sharing!:-)
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
26 Feb 08
I love to walk. I have to admit it is more of a waddle these days. I waddle along and watch the scenery and take in the nature that surrounds me. When I think I am going at a good clip my hubby laughs because he is still strolling along. I have short legs !
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello whywiki, It seems you thoroughly enjoy your time, as well as nature, on your way. Thanks for sharing! :-)
• Pakistan
29 Feb 08
hello bro! I walk the way mostly people walk. A simple relaxed ramble.Yap its calm n bit quite.And ya the walking style and manner do affect your feelings,like if i am noy walking in any peoper way so i do feel a bit embarasing to feel that what other people will be judging and thinking about me. Sometimes my mood also interfares in ma walking way. Places and timings also contribute a bit.Like if i am walking in any new area/country where the culture and everything is different,i do feel because people notice you and gaze. At any place where i have been walking before and have been through many times i walk looking downbut when i am out for any picnic/journey to a new place i must see tha places,nature and everything which attracts me and i find something new. When i am relaxed and walking in a casual way,i also observe others,how they r walking? what dey r thinking and looking...there expressions? When i dont have anything in mind while walking i contemplate many things and persons,i try to get whats going on in their minds. Well i walk the way most persons walk.Sometimes i do get a lot of matters to think while walking ,like any problem or the things which i have to do later on n so on. -------------------- Well lemme tell you another interesting thing..till the age of 16 whenever i used to get confuse by seeing sumone ..or wheneva em happy or in a excitement or in a hurry..i used to thumble ..lol.. My hairs were too long that time and dey all used to come over ma face and ma friends used to laugh on me..but now i just take care while walking because even when em sad and i leave myself ..like a lazy perosn ..i used to thumble than even :)..i got too many feet fractures due to this and fractures are very bad..really really pathetic :-s.. The doctor used to say me i was 16 and according to the modern science a person's bones gets mature minimum at the age of 18..but ma bones were matured @ the age of 16 lol ..and he used to say me..the kind a fractures u have got if ur bones havent been mature u might get in to a serious trouble:) Well but now i really take care about all these things and while walking i especially take care not to thumble:) There is a quote in urdu language would like to quote that one of my class fellows asked me that what will be the english of this quote and noone answered in the class ..than we asked our english teacher he answered this question. The quote was: "chaltey chaltey thoker lag gayee" Translation: "while walking i thumbled" Take care ! :)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
29 Feb 08
Hello sis, Good to see you again!:-) I guessed that your walk would be simple and relaxed but I didn't guess that I was right!:-) You are very right about things affecting our walk, like something on mind, mood, time and space. I am glad that you enjoy nature in its full swing and take it in full breath, you must be an admirable person! There aren't many people like you, or at least I don't know many. You also seem to be right about this time being a time of contemplation sometimes! I am sorry that you used to tumble and had to have some problems in your earlier age. That must have been difficult, I understand, especially when people are gazing and enjoying rather than offering help and support. That was an interesting translation that you shared! Thank you for sharing!:-)
• Pakistan
1 Mar 08
hello again :D well,how can u be so quick and accurate by giving all the answers to every user according to his/her nature :) well,i think em buttering you more than enough now . just kiddin :D anyways,atleast by reading your posts i get to know many words which i neva heard even before..like the word contemplation,i actually wanted this word in my conversation..i was just finding the right word when i have to use the meaning of this word but neva found it :)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
1 Mar 08
Well, UBiquitous, eer since I have started communicating with people, I have yet to see a single person who was not better than me in any aspect. Even, the commonly perceived 'bad' people were/are better than me in one way or the other. I always wished and hoped, and still do, that I was at least that much better in that particular aspect! Yes, it is beauty of communication that we learn from each other. I am glad to provide you with something you had not yet discovered. I believe that you have much more to teach me than I can ever offer! So, I will keep my eyes and ears open to learn from you!:-)
@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
27 Feb 08
Alright kamran, too many questions, one by one I shall attempt to answer. Here we go... 1. Nah, I don't observe how I walk. Now since you have alerted me to it, I will. 2. I don't know what type is it - definitely not a catwalk is all I can say. 3. It is calm, smooth and steady, generally. Can be brisky too, ocassionally. 4. Yea, it does matter sometimes. Like, if I'm feeling depressed - I don't usually walk briskly. 5. Again yes, it does matter where I'm. "Where we are" also affects our mood, afterall. 6. I most often look at the ground (strange, isn't it?) while walking. If the place is a bit too crowded, then I might look around at the people in the vicinity. 7. If they appear to be "special" in some way, then yes. Otherwise, normally I don't. 8. Nah, never have done that. Sounds interesting though! 9. Well, I said I never guessed - so, I don't have to answer this, I suppose. 10. How many is too many? It doesn't matter, I enjoyed all of the questions you asked, so I'm not bothered about it.
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• United States
27 Feb 08
Well covered and nicely spoken, I_luv_u. Sweet and spicy at the same time, and it gave me a smile.
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@I_LUV_U (2519)
• India
27 Feb 08
Thank you, novataylor! Your comment made me smile either! Thanks again.:-)
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello again, I_LUV_U!:-) You counted them!? I couldn't myself!:-) 1. When you are finished observing yourself, do come to share with us! 2. I wouldn't expect you doing catwalk either, my friend, I can expect a Lion-walk though, but we will know after you cover the first question again!:-) 3. Hmmm, I figured that you are a very peace loving, cool minded person, so no surprises for me! 4. You are very right! 5. Again right! 6. Yes, it was strange for me as I imagined that you like to observe people while walking! 7. wait, I forgot the question, let me check again. Ok, how you define this special, my friend!? and how can you determine if someone is special unless you first see!? 8. Yes, it's interesting just as your response!:-) 9. Right! 10. I am glad you enjoyed the question, and I certainly enjoyed your response!:-) Thank you for sharing with us!:-)
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
4 Mar 08
hi just reminded me of when my kids were toddlers and I would take them for walks My son was about three and he ran up to this negro man who was do some gardening and touched him. then said to my utter bewilderment. it does not rub off. I apologized to the man who was planting flowers in his garden telling him my son had never seen a black man before and that I had had no idea he was going to say and do such a thing I was embarrassed but the man just laughed and said thats all right hes just a bright inquisitive little boy no harm meant son it does not rub off I think the fact that my husband ran a gardening service and had come home the day before with steer manure black as could be all over his arms and hands and my son had rubbed it off saying negro daddy it comes off. He did notreally know what negro meant so Ihad to really do some explaining and teaching so he would not embarrass either of us again. I never wanted to ever hear my children say anything insulting about anyone no matter what nationality or anything else. i did so enjoy those walks with my children it relaxed allof us.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
4 Mar 08
Hello Hatley, Kids do things innocently, meaning no harm, no insult or prejudice! it is indeed fortunate for a child to have educated and mannered parents who could tell them the right thing in the right way without hurting their innocence. We are all same, humans, and are related to each other way back in generations irrespective of country race, religion, ethnicity or whatever! It's good that you enjoy your walks with your kids and that you feel relaxed with them! Thanks for sharing!:-)
@sukumar794 (5047)
• Thiruvananthapuram, India
1 Mar 08
I walk for 30 minutes at a stretch every morning and evening as a regimen to combat my heart disease to which I am put as a victim 5 months since. I am on slow paced walk never trying to take fast strides lest I invite Angina and related complaints. Still' I feel quite a lot rejuvenated after the early morning walk. The refreshed feeling is soothing.Happy walking your way to good health !
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
1 Mar 08
Hello sukumar794, I am sorry that your heart is not as good "physiologically" as you would like to have but I believe that in reality and spirit it would be all more powerful and mighty!:-) I am glad that you have chosen a healthy course to keep the physiological aspect away from the spirit of it and from yourself; indeed walking is a healthy activity especially in morning. It's good that you enjoy it too! Thanks for sharing!:-)
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@vicky30 (4777)
• India
27 Feb 08
If i am healthy i walk briskly.nowadays i try to walk slow or pick up speed when my mind tells me or see others walking briskly.I mostly walk with eyes on the ground.When i see a person in front of me i look straight into his face.
@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello vicky30! Welcome to mylot, I hope that you will enjoy your journey here!:-) You seem to have a great working connection between your mind and physical as well as a social attitude even while walking, I appreciate! Thanks for sharing!:-)
@ayou82 (3460)
• Philippines
27 Feb 08
We all should observe and open our eyes to see whats happening around us.. Thats why we dont see the beggars and all the things that are odd around us and think that we live better than they do..
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello ayou82, You are wise to suggest a need to keep one's eyes open to surroundings. Your observation about a connection between not paying attention to surrounding and overlooking beggars is genuine! Thanks for sharing!:-)
@yannycui (377)
• China
27 Feb 08
I usually take a walk after picking up my daughter from the kindgartern. I seldom observe others because I have to pay attention on my daughter .While walking ,we talk to each other the funny things that we had that day. We both enjoy the walking time.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Feb 08
Hello yannycui, a cute and lovely companion such as one's daughter can provide for all the fun on our way. What else one could be interested in! It's good that you and your daughter enjoy each others company while you engage yourself in a healthy activity! Thanks for sharing!:-)