On Walking: A Personal Essay On Walking

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On Walking: A Personal Essay There’s a quote almost every writer knows, because it’s one of the most common pieces of advice given to new writers: “Write what you know.” I understood it to mean “do your research”, but when I actually did my research I learned that what it really means is exactly what it says. Write what you know; write what you’re interested in, what you’re passionate about, what you’ve felt, what matters to you. Even when writing sci-fi or fantasy or fiction, you can draw from your experiences, your emotions, your ideas and your knowledge, and let them influence your writing. That’s what makes it your writing. So, that’s what this essay is about: me, and walking. The memory that stands out the most for me when it comes to walking is this: when I was maybe eleven years old, I’d walk at night in the garden circling our…show more content…
So we calculated it. No, she wasn’t exaggerating. Yesterday I walked home instead of taking a taxi or the bus; it was fifteen minutes in rain so thick it was difficult see ahead clearly, especially since my glasses were soaked. However, I was already pretty wet, I had an umbrella (for all the good it did me), and I had the time. To quote Roger Miller, “Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.” I know which type I want to be. In a world with taxis, buses, trams, golf carts, bicycles, cars, skytrains, airplanes, motorbikes, vans, and more, with all the time constraints and constant busyness around us, it does make sense to take the quick and easy method. It’s efficient. It’s the smart thing to do. And yet, well, W.H. Davies said it best: “Now, shall I walk Or shall I
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