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The Higgledy-Piggledy of Goodbyes
Have any of your priorities with regards LIFE changed significantly during 2020 and if so, what and how?

The Higgledy-Piggledy of Goodbyes

Life Priorities and Changes – Final Observation

It’s funny how life changes sometimes in the blink of an eye, sometimes just through the turn of a head, a careless whisper, an estranged comment, a breath of wind carrying a feather from another time … or like today in the space of 30 minutes how things changed so significantly on the moat’s surface.

I walked past this section of The Ropewalk around 9.20am this morning and on my return at 9.55am the silts had moved again and taken over the surface which had been previously mostly silt free. I was quite astonished at the speed of the change in such a small passing of time.

But that’s life – full of changes … not much many a time we can do about it.

From yesterday l decided to crank up my morning walking from 35 minutes to 75 minutes. Each walk l normally manage to acquire 3500 steps, and l want to now aim for 10,000 steps. Yesterday l walked for 60 minutes and totalled 6500 steps and closing with 12,500 on the whole day, and this morning’s walk which was seriously higgledy-piggledy to say the very least gave me 8300 for 75 minutes total.

It was a good walk but very abstract and l need to tweak that further to enable me to walk for 5000 steps each circuit. If l can walk 10K steps 7 days a week, that is 70,000 just there alone which is around 3,000 calories burned off and that’s a figure not to be scoffed at when added to the rest of the exercise burn off and calorie loss..

The last couple of days including this morning have been a little more painful than normal on account of Monday sadly falling victim to my own clumsy behaviour again or Murphy’s sense of humour l should say!

Last Friday Murphy got me a good ‘un with a sneeze when shaving and l misssed gouging out my left eye, but shaved off a good portion of my left eyebrow instead – oh yeah, that was seriously funny! But the other day Murphy got me again with a series of rapid fire sneezes whilst l was cutting my toe nails and especially my big toe on my left foot. Whilst in the process of trimming, l sneezed and removed a slice of toe flesh to the size of my small finger nail! Damn but they bleed a hell of a lot!!

It’s healing now, but walking yesterday it smarted something terrible, let me tell you and even though it’s covered with a plaster, walking annoys it a lot and socks worry it more, so l have been bleeding still!!

So l wasn’t best pleased with that injury in all honesty or Murphy!!

But the walking allows me more time to think, which is why l really need to define the tweakings so l can spend more time walking in a circuit over trying to figure out what produces more steps for a singular route. But l think l have it now and after this mornings which was okay, but a little messy – l was able to see where l went wrong.

See, what l did was if you look at the maps above, the ‘cerise colour’ displays my first route or lap which accounted for 3200 steps … whilst the purple colour displays the overlap and extended walk – straight forwardly messy and finicky – so tomorrow provided the weather stays good, l am planning on this walk below, twice. I have walked it once before and it is indeed a good 5000 steps, so twice should be 10,000.

If l can nail it and get the time to 60 – 75 minutes tops that’s a good walk. Then all l have to do is get the departure time right. I leave later in the morning now to avoid all the school kids and the parents. Some of the walk is not so scenic , but that’s a good thing, that means l can really brisk walk until l get back into the scenic side. That’s pure exercise time as opposed to briskly walking with a camera and my thoughts.

I love walking the Ramparts at varying times in the day because there are so many things that can affect the overall walking experience. Slight wind shifts or silt shifts as above, weathers alter the whole look as well. So walking the same route twice displays things at times you have missed the first time around.

You walk it in one time window and it can look like the early sunrise morning and you walk through it 30 minutes later and it’s changed again, it is never the same. You walk one way and it is completely different visually when you walk back on yourself. I think this walk is designed for thinkers.

Because you do think. I have had a million thoughts walking this route backwards and forwards over the last few months. I have thought and pondered and considered and deliberated and especially reflected.

I am in now a fully reflective stage of my life, l am going places with my musings and contemplative cogitations and mediational thoughts about my life to date. How l wish to proceed with things and who l am going to be at the end of these many thoughtful ruminations?

I have torn apart various aspects of my life, and given healthy thought to death as well as unhealthy, but l am quick to boot the negativity from my residence as it is most assuredly not welcome here. I am not mournful, nor depressed … but eager to know what the future holds so l can say goodbye to the old at the end of this year and welcome in the new.

I am done now on this subject, maybe not finished but for the moment and for the remainder of 2020, my priorities are pretty straight forwards – maybe not to others … but to me.

That’s really all that matters.

One of the lessons l have learned in life is this -‘ the moment you let yourself go and be who you are instead of trying to be something or someone else – is the moment when you are truly successful in all that you do’.

Rory Matier 2003

Thanks for reading, catch you in Season 5.

11 thoughts on “Morning Musings

  1. You’ve a beautiful place to walk. Great thinking about increasing the walk time and doing 10000 steps a day. I’m so sorry about the toe. I’ve done that and it hurts for days. Take care my friend

    1. Hey Sadje, many thanks – yep, toes a real bane when you hit them, slice them, cut them – you never give them much thought until you do it and you have to walk somewhere.

      I think 10k walking is a real bonus, l was just starting to achieve that you may remember before l had to move, so l now need to get that getting back 🙂

      1. You will! Time and practice. And once you’re there, it’ll be hard not doing it daily. Exercise is addictive.

        1. Oh my goodness, you are so right about that – it is almost obsessively addictive. You see what you can achieve then you want to do it again, then you want to beat that and then you want to see what you and body can really achieve together?

          The changes in my body over the last three months is impressive, next month l start on a new 12 Push It Programme to see where l am in March there abouts and if l have achieved my targets 🙂

          So everything l do now and have been doing is almost like just a warm up hahaha 🙂

  2. This took me much longer to read then I had anticipated… because I couldn’t stop laughing about the sneezing incidents 😂 love your musings as always 🙂

  3. I hardly ever hurt myself with a sneeze… the occasional “boob cramp”. But a powerful sneeze can make me pee myself a little. Getting older is not for the timid😂😂

    Your scenery is lovely, but I dont like the algae in the water… it’s ucky to me. Why does it do that?

    I love that quote! It’s so true!


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