A couple of weeks ago, a family friend of mine reached out inviting me to walk together and catch up.
This is a really important person for me who I usually get to see once or twice a year, but has become a role model and mentor from afar - so whenever he says let's do something, I'm up for it.
We couldn't find a good time other than a weekday morning, so he asked me if I would join him on a morning walk. I'm not a morning person (though I try to be), but I had to say yes.
So we walked for a couple of hours, slaloming through small mountains of snow that had fallen over Brooklyn the night before - and it made me wonder, why don't more of us do this, all the time?
You've probably heard the term walk & talk in the context of TV before.
Walk and talk is a storytelling technique used in filmmaking and television production in which a number of characters have a conversation while walking somewhere.
It's a way of adding visual interest and movement to a scene, while usually going through a fair bit of exposition that would sound boring if delivered sitting.
Like most of us, my social life has changed quite a bit over the course of 2020, and it's not recovering very fast. There's hope that by mid-late year we'll be vaccinated and social life will re-balance. But after almost a year of this, I'm eager to be outside and see people more. And, why not, get some exercise while I'm at it.
As we slowly move to unfreeze our physical social lives, let's add some movement and visual interest to our own lives, and go on long walks together.
If you're in New York, I'm always up to walk with a new friend!