As a mother of a toddler I spend a significant amount of time in the park with him. We live in apartment without a yard, so I can’t keep him home for long. With all that energy, the kid will just go crazy inside. So we go to the nearest part (15-minutes walk from home) and spend some time there. He just recently started walking so that means more time spent at the park.
We currently live in Baku, Azerbaijan, and we’re still getting acquainted with the local people and infrastructure. So far everything has been going great! 🙂 However, in that park we’re visiting (Huseyn Javid Park) there really isn’t anything specifically designed for children (swings for example), so our only option is to walk around and enjoy the view and the people. And that’s exactly what we do! Especially at our evening walks. There are magnificent fountains which are turned on around 6:00 pm every day. That’s when the whole place fills up with people and children of all ages start running around playing with each other. Alex is still too small to run and play on his own, so I try to compensate by running and playing along with him and the others. It’s not always what I feel up to doing, but I try anyway. Recently we had an absolutely thrilling experience which provoked me to write this post.
It was evening, and all the children were out playing (it’s too hot during the day). We mingled with the others and got to know a great number of the kids (and their parents) and had great fun. Everyone was passing around biscuits, cracker, waffles, toys… It felt like we had known each other for ages! It felt like we were among friends. Then, a man selling balloons appeared and, since they’re quite cheap, all of the kids in the park got a balloon. And before we knew it, a balloon fight had started. It was so much fun!! I think Dudu had a blast! We got home well past his bedtime, but it was totally worth it.
I love going for a walk with my kid. It’s exciting to see him discover the world by himself and learn from everything that surrounds him. However, I should admit that sometimes it gets quite tiresome to go in the park three times a day and to enjoy each and every one of them. That’s why I sometimes rely on different tips and tricks to make it a time well spent for myself as well 🙂
Relying on our experience, here are a few tips on how to turn a regular walk into an exciting experience:
- Put away your phone. Yes, it’s not easy, especially if your internet is on and you have a dozen of people you would like to chat with, or just check Facebook… there’s always something. Just put it in your purse for a while and check your surroundings for a change. You won’t regret it, I promise!
- Be open to people. Sharing a seat is a great opportunity to meet someone new and discover a completely different personality. We all have a story to share and we’re all curious to hear one out as well. I’ve always found this to be very inspiring and motivating for me. It loads you with new energy and confidence.
- Smile. That’s the best way to open up to people. Be friendly. Even if you fail at some attempt to make an acquaintance, don’t give up trying. At a place with a hundred people, there’re at least seventy of them who would love to get to know you.
- Explore. Now, what’s around that corner…? Oops, never mind! 🙂 Keep exploring your surroundings. New shops, museums, sidewalk… Try different routes. You never know what might pop up.
- Learn. Try to learn something new every time you go out. It can be a personal story, it can be a road sign, a new word, a shop, anything! That way you will always have something to reflect on afterwards and your walk (whatever the reasons behind it) wouldn’t feel like a waste of time. That would also help to keep your mind active, which is a great way to stave off dementia later on in life.
Taking a walk can be a refreshing and energizing experience or it can be boring as hell. It pretty much depends on your tuning at that moment, so make sure you stay tuned for a thrilling adventurous awesome walking experience. It will be fun! 🙂
What are your tips for a joyful walk? Let me know in the comments below.