Let the good trails roll

“When you go for a walk, let your thoughts wander aimlessly, snooping about, experimenting with first one thing and then another.” – Kierkegaard

I finally found it.  I found the metaphor I can use to power this blog.

You see, the prevailing wisdom out there amongst the problogging crowd is that you have to pick your topic, and it seems, the narrower the topic the better chance you have of building a successful blog, one that with enough hustle, you can earn enough money from to turn pro.  Of course, that has been a long term ambition of mine.  My problem has always been that I’m such a generalist, such a purveyor of things interesting and new, that I couldn’t bring myself to narrow my blogging down to a single topic.

Until now.

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And it’s such an obvious topic that I can’t believe I didn’t see it before, or maybe I did but just not with this kind of clarity.  The metaphor, I call it a metaphor because, it’s a topic that really allows me to be as broad as I’ve always been, but the metaphor will be the unifying element.  The Lost Art of Wandering is the topic that I think will help me unify the blog.

photo (31)Let me explain.

I love walking. I love getting out and wandering seemingly aimlessly.  Walking helps me think. It renews my energy.  I get to see stuff, take pictures, interact with the environment.  It’s hypnotic and spiritually invigorating.  In short, I get a lot out of it.

Now I’m not proposing to turn soulcruzer into a walking blog, but I’ll use my walks, my wanderings, as a spine to support and facilitate my musings and observations.  On one level it’s a walk.  On another level it’s my mental meandering and pondering of life.

I’m in good company with this idea.

Some of my favourite poets, writers and philosophers were big walker – Thales, Plato, Pythagoras, Rousseau, De Quincey, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Nietzsche – to name a few.   They’ve all gone on record saying they did some of their best thinking while engaged in a daily habit of walking.. I know it’s where I do my best thinking.

From Rousseau:

[blockquote]“Never did I think so much, exist so vividly, and experience so much, never have I been so much myself – if I may us that expression – as in the journeys I have taken alone and on foot.  There is something about walking which stimulates and enlivens my thoughts.  When I stay in one place I can hardly think at all; my body has to be on the move to set my mind going. The sight of the countryside, the succession of pleasant views, the open air, a sound appetite of an inn, the absence of everything that recalls me to my situation – all these serve to free my spirit, to lend a greater boldness to my thinking, to throw me, so to speak, into the vastness of things, so that I can combine them, select them, and make them mine as I will without fear or restraint.”[/blockquote]

Amen.

There are a couple of bits of technology, I want to use as a part of the process and they are the MapMyWalk App and my Fitbit.  If you’re on either of those platforms, link up with me their. So the lost art of wandering is now the loose theme of this blog. No doubt, it’ll still mean you’ll be subjected to the chaotic ramblings of my mind, but hey ho, I have a theme.

Now I need to get to work on a manifesto!

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Today’s Route:

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Also on the trail today…

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I met up with  my good friend Lewis Smith whom I know from way back in the day when we were slaving away in the corporate salt mines.  He’s doing his thing in the iOS app development game now as an independent developer.  His latest app is one that let’s you track your body measurements and weight.  It’s called BodyTrack It.

Comments

  1. Catherine Kunst

    Love this. And 100% obvious now that you’ve found a way to articulate it.

    1. clay lowe

      Yes the flaneur indeed. I’ve been reading up on psychogeography and it’s history and those connected with his origin and practice. I like the flaneur. I was on that very site you linked to in your comment, in fact, it’s still open in one of my tabs. I like to wander. And I suppose with you being an architect, the more pure form of pyschogeography perhaps resonates with you. Do you have any pics posted of your New York city derive?

      1. Ken Koense

        Definitely. I am emboldened by my wandering spirit, although it does suck when you are working in jobs that don’t allow for the vagaries of our particular proclivities. I do have tons of photos from NYC and DC last may, I walked 60 miles in those four days. Dude, I’ve never felt so good.

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