Steve is my new iGadget, thoughtfully filled with over 15,000 tracks, hand-picked by the most generous and knowledgeable music geek I know. I find myself smiling often when a track starts to play that I know is a nod, a message, a good-natured wink. I like that Steve is on Eastern time, because it suits his personality.
I always listen to music, but there is something entirely different about listening to music while walking. It's what my friend has been trying to tell me for years. There is something about striding along, arms in motion, in the open air, that frees your mind of the constraints of the day. Something about matching your pace to the rhythm in your ears that sparks the neurons. And it's entirely different from blasting music while on the elliptical or on the stationary bike, so it's not just the increased blood flow to your muscles that is responsible for setting your mind on fire, although that certainly factors into it.
The is something infinitely liberating about adjusting your pace to the pace of the music, without concerns that you are pushing your body too hard, or not hard enough. The journey itself is the reward, not the fact that you have completed your x minutes in the basement torture chamber and have burned x number of calories or logged x miles.
How perfect that I was just talking about finally succumbing to peer pressure and getting myself an iGadget, mere hours before my dear friend presented me with Steve. I'm just not sure he realized that, in the process, he may have been creating a monster.
What do you think about when you walk?
Do you use an iGagdet?