When You’d Rather Roll, Not Walk {Day 1 :: WALK}


I walk at least twice a day, sometimes more. Movement loosens my muscles and thoughts, propelling me forward into spaces where I can be wholly myself.

Frankly, I’d rather be gliding or whooshing past my walking self, and I’d like to be doing it on a skateboard.

Walking seems so average. Ordinary. I’m a rebel at heart and there’s something intoxicating about going fast. The trails are generally flat around my suburban prairie, so walking is easy.

But some days I want a challenge—something to take me out of myself. The dream of getting on a skateboard does that, to a degree.

I am learning how to skateboard, ever so slowly and precariously (in my garage).

But walking is what I do—it’s who I am. It’s how I go, roll, ruminate, and percolate.

I’m learning to be O.K. with my pace and who I am. One woman. Walking. Wholly loved.

It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.
Ephesians 1:11‭-‬12 MSG

This post is Day 1 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2016


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September 30, 2016
  • Hi Christina, grateful thanks for hosting this writing journey! I love the thought of your prairie walks & garage skateboarding! Blessings x

  • Hi Christina, grateful thanks for hosting this writing journey. I love the sound of your prairie walks & garage skateboarding! Blessings x

  • Got a 3.2 mile walk in today. It was wonderful!!

  • Haha cool I just recently learned to skateboard and it is way cooler for sure, but walking allows you to go places (mentally and physically) that you could never go on a skateboard. Both are amazing in their own ways!

    Here’s to enjoying the journey no matter which method you choose! ❤️

    • Yes, Alicia, skateboarding is a different kind of mental tap. I do love walking for its mind-meandering ways. I’d love to know any skateboarding tips;)

  • Tara

    Christina, I love picturing you learning how to skateboard. It puts a smile on my face.

  • So good – I’m so impressed that you are learning how to skateboard! Super cool. I think if I gave it a go I’d be on my face in a moment!

  • You’re learning to skateboard?? How fun! Good for you. I walk about once a day, and it does feel pretty ordinary, but I’m convinced God delights in the ordinary or it wouldn’t be so good for us 🙂 Of course, I’m pretty sure he delights in skateboarders, too 🙂

    • Writing and moving are synchronous for me. Haven’t made it to the street yet. Still working! Love what you said about God delighting in the ordinary. He exalts it, in fact, which goes against our whole society. Subversive love.