Ah, Perth in the Summer time…well, almost Summer time. It’s only November after all and we have a couple more weeks before Summer officially arrives, but the weather has been so warm (hallelujah!) and after-work walks have been the order of the day. Or, at least, I’m trying to make them the order of at least three days a week, rather than just coming home every day and collapsing in a heap on the couch.
I am very lucky to live so near to the Swan River. A short walk away, I can stroll along the foreshore, watch the boats and swans and ducks and seagulls and, if I’m luckier still, the dolphins. Everything seems better by the water. Calmer and fresher and just better. Plus I live at the top of a steep hill so the walk home always makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something (albeit with much wheezing and unattractive sweating).
I love watching the black swans – they are so majestic yet, at times, comical, and even downright scary at other times (you do not want to get in the way of a Mother swan and her brood). They are beautiful and they remind me of my dear geese that I miss so much now I do not live in the country. My retirement dream, so far flung in to the future, is to have a little cottage on the coast with enough room for me and my menagerie which will, of course, include a gaggle of geese. Who will chase everyone except for me. As it should be.
Sorry – the water looks kinda gross here. Near the shoreline it gets a bit choppy and churned up..
This one looks like the Loch Ness Monster!
When I am walking I like to zone out. I actually don’t feel very confident when I am out walking on my own. I feel like I stand out. I feel uncomfortable in my own skin and would rather not have anyone else around me. Since being ill I don’t have the world’s best balance or ability to walk in a straight line. I often trip over things and overbalance. Basically, I am a huge klutzoid. It also makes me feel ungainly and awkward so I do feel self-conscious when walking.
Music helps me concentrate on something else. I have my trusty iPod with me or plug headphones into my phone and away I go. Not too loud, that’s not safe for my ears or my own protection, but enough that I can’t get distracted from what I’m doing. Which is trying to walk briskly without falling down or losing my balance and ending up in a ditch.
I like different kinds of music on different days. I like rock and pop and alternative, rap and funk. Different beats and rhythms make you walk differently and help you stay on track. I am currently trying to force myself to walk with my head up (I have a bad habit of always having my head lowered, partly due to timidity but also because of aforementioned clumsiness) and I find having a song playing helps me do that somehow.
I don’t have a regular playlist per se. But I have a few that always come up on rotation and may get repeated a few times because I like the way they match my stride:
Del Amitri – Roll to Me
Scribe – Not Many
Sia – Buttons
King Charles – Bam Bam
Rob Zombie – More Human than Human
The KLF – 3 A.M. Eternal
Lulu & The Lampshades – Cups
BlackStreet – No Diggity
Icona Pop – I Love It
Cornershop- Brimful of Asha
And then there’s the old favourites that I listen to when I’m not so much working up a sweat as working through some sadness and just need to get some fresh air. Then I’m afraid I crank up the Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Simon & Garfunkel and whatever 70s or 80s song I have on my playlist. I admit I have to stop myself from air-drumming sometimes (oh come on – who hasn’t done it to Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight”?!) but mostly I just like that music takes you away from where you are, even if it’s somewhere as nice as by the river.
Do you have favourite exercising tunes? Any embarrassing ones? I won’t tell. Promise 🙂