It was already 9:00 o’clock in the morning and Holly Golightly and I were still in bed.
“Today is January 1st” I thought, “the first day of a ka-zillion New Year’s resolutions made by a ka-zillion optimists.” And although I was trying hard to be one of the ka-zillion optimists, I wasn’t convinced that I would be able to complete my one and only New Year’s resolution, which was to complete a 3 mile power walk each and every day on the Promenade in White Rock.
I have always enjoyed my walks along the shore of the ocean and never get tired of the scenery but I haven’t walked every day for more than a two or three month stretch. There was always an excuse for not walking: too tired, too hot, too cold, too much rain, too much snow, too dark, and the list goes on. But this year is going to be different – I just needed to think of an incentive to keep me walking every day for a whole year.
I fed Holly and then had a bowl of oatmeal and a coffee while watching the morning news. The weatherman talked about how cold it was everywhere in Canada – but here in Vancouver it was 8 degrees Celsius. I quickly jumped into the shower, got dressed and headed out the door – I was going to White Rock for the first of my 365 daily walks in 2014.
As I drove over the “hump” between East Beach and West Beach I noticed the crowds of people walking along the Promenade – there must have been several thousand – certainly more than I’ve ever seen before. And most of the parking lots were full – I would have to park at the far end of West Beach.
Half way through my walk it started to rain but I was determined to complete the 3 mile walk. As I walked I thought about ways to keep me motivated for the remaining 364 days but could only come up with one. But that’s going to be a secret.
I finished my walk and then went into the Whitby Bookstore & Coffee Shop for a coffee. I sat on one of the stools at the window and read the Peace Arch News. Maybe I’ll send them another story to publish. I think that I’ll send them my story about Sad Eyes…… http://danielstandrews.com/2013/09/04/sad-eyes/
Anyway, I hope that you’ve made at least one New Year’s resolution too!
Happy New Year (and good luck)!