Mammals were born to move. The foal and deer stagger around within minutes on long shaky legs. The human squawks and screams, jolting its little limbs into motion. We are a mother-dependent species that would hardly survive in the wild (if that still exists), unable to walk before a year. But it’s all movement from the beginning, and then walking is the easiest, most natural way of getting around. People make walking a habit, a daily routine, to get exercise; others turn it into the intense hobby of hiking or running long distances. Some have turned walking into a fashion, others make moving around mandatory. The following meanders are personal glimpses into why we walk.
Walking is the most fantastic thing in the world. The bipedal movement of putting one foot in front of the other, “like a pair of scissors” opening and closing, as we stride along a sidewalk or shuffle along a corridor in short snippets with our arms straight down or holding a cup of coffee or flopping around, depending on your style and speed. “The bipedal walk made possible the development of the manufactory hand, and this led to the enlarged brain of our species.” Homo sapiens erectus – the human being, standing on two feet, losing its tail and cropping its hair, gesticulating its arms, grasping with its hands, molding things, making things, moving things, the “innate restlessness” of wanting to walk is within us all.