Stepping out of the city

If you live in a city, walking is easy. Maybe too easy. Mind-dulling easy. ⁠ ⁠

On the contrary, a land like the one in the video is instantly stimulating and inviting to explore. Walking around there over the stones, I feel strongly connected to nature.⁠

⁠ This is the bend environment. The contrary to the artificial straight environment. ⁠ ⁠ The differences between the city and the countryside are many. ⁠ ⁠

The amount of people is one. The geometry is another. ⁠ The perpendicular rules the city—the 90° angle. ⁠ Nature is more like a jumping arlecchino. ⁠

⁠ Moving regularly through such an environment and leaving the paths has an effect. Mentally and physically. It's a healing and strengthening effect because the balance for most of us is off. We are mainly moving on the nicely paved roads, where you can walk without attention for your steps.⁠ ⁠

From 15-18 years old, friends and I spent a lot of time walking, running, and jumping over a pile of rocks on the beach of my hometown. This created a good level of "Trittsicherheit", step safety. ⁠

⁠ Although what I do in the video is not difficult, it's not necessarily normal nowadays.⁠ ⁠

The city weakens the ankles and knees of many people. Plus, there is a lack of experience moving through such an environment. Where to put the eyes, where the feet. Which stones move, which are wet. What rhythm to use etc.⁠

⁠ Walking, running, and jumping in such an environment leaves me with a feeling of happiness. And I see the same effect in my kids, how they are instantly on fire when we step out of the car, and they see the stones. The exuberant nature of us human beings kicks in. The animal is out of the cage.


Joseph Bartz