For years now, I have gone for a walk almost every day. I tie my tennis shoes, grab my sunglasses and head out the door. It’s therapeutic and even spiritual in nature. I need it and evidently so do others. Through the years I have encountered different types of walkers and have developed certain categories, if you will. Below are just a few of these walkers…see if you recognize anyone you know.
The Serious Walker: Eyes straight ahead, purposeful arm swing, long stride…..no nonsense…’get er’ done’. This walker may not speak even if you say good morning or hello..they are on a mission! These walkers generally have good tennis shoes and suitable attire.
The Dog Walker: This type varies from the laid back walker who lets their pooch sniff and tinkle at will, to the run/walker whose dog is one with the owner! The run/walker/and dog seem to enjoy the discipline…eyes forward..steady movement, and sporty outfits, whereas the laid back walker is sometimes on his phone, multitasking a chat and potty patrol, while frequently donning their work clothes and shoes, or worse….pajamas. (a dead give away)
The Walker Talker: These walkers don’t want to be alone! They usually are seen in two’s and occasionally a ‘pack’ or even a ‘gaggle’. To these social beings, the heart-to-heart chat is almost more important than the walk. The walker talkers show commitment, enthusiasm, and encouragement. Through the years, I have had only a few dear friends like this. Walker talkers are a special breed indeed. *cute outfits optional, but certainly appreciated!
The “I Hate to Walk But I Have To” Walker: These poor walkers look bored, tired and MAD! They look down or straight ahead and never acknowledge anyone else. They avoid walker talkers at all costs and generally do not wear workout clothes. The “I Hate to Walk” walkers most likely have a spouse or doctor who is encouraging their exercise! They may be walking, but they certainly don’t have to like it!
The Stalker Talker Walker: I have personally encountered this walker many times in my neighborhood. This walker is (a.) A talker and (b.) Wants to talk whether you do or not. For example: I had happened upon this walker several times and did engage in polite conversation; however, I kept moving. Then, I noticed that he just happened to be walking at the same time I was and would even cross two streets to come over to speak. I had to up-my-game by keeping a vigilant eye out, so that I could change directions if need be, to avoid “the chat”. Sometimes he would be talking as he walked toward me and then say, “I’ll walk with you”. Oh, my! This person is a sweet, older gentleman who is uber friendly and means no harm, however, he IS a Stalker Talker Walker! Beware!
The Barbie or Ken Walker (aka Sporty Spice): These walkers have a certain MO: great looking outfits; expensive tennies; matching visor or hat; earphones and always a Fitbit or Apple watch to check their progress and status. They usually keep a fast pace and rarely speak…they only nod.
The ‘Baby on Board’ Walker: These walkers could go a number of ways: a mom trying to do it all by pushing a stroller or double stroller and having a dog on a leash, while trying to walk or jog; Sometimes you will see a super tired parent out early in the morning trying to take baby for a stroll just to stop the crying or get a break! They may be drinking coffee and/or checking their phones; And of course, there are the super parents who are going for their run/walk no matter what! These parents are usually pushing a double stroller and the kids are eating snacks or watching a movie. The stroller I used in 1978 would never have made it!!
Did any of these descriptions remind you of someone or even yourself?
No matter what type walker you are or type walker you observe, we’re all just trying our best to get out there and bust a move! Don’t be intimidated, mad or too serious to stop and smell the roses….just keep walking the talk or talking the walk, whichever one you choose!
Keep movin and groovin!