Being described as ‘the petite, fit, effervescent 56-year-old founder of active travel company Sharing Bali & Beyond’ is incredibly flattering.
Musings on how to walk less like an elephant and maybe more like a gazelle whilst climbing a mountain in Timor-Leste is captured by Nina Karnikowski in an article for Traveller magazine here.
Here’s a little excerpt…
It’s an interesting concept to ponder as we continue our mountain ascent. I’ve never really devoted any conscious effort to walking, I’ve just done it. Like breathing, eating, sleeping, or any of the other things we do on autopilot every day. Now that I am thinking about it, though, I notice the weight of my body pressing down to the ground, and the heavy kerplunk my sneakered feet are making each time they hit the earth. I observe our Timorese hiking guide as he navigates the path ahead. He is in thongs, yet he springs across the rutted track with the grace of a gazelle.
I posted this video on Facebook and it started some really lovely conversations.
This comment from Jenny Jensen, who put her heart and soul into every moment of her experience on a Sharing Timor-Leste trip earlier this year, really got me…
Lovely piece Karen Willis, age is something I have given a lot of thought to over the past couple of years – I used to work in aged care (short term) and it never bothered me – I was then in my forties, and then a few years ago I visited on a regular basis an aged care facility, and the first time I came out nearly in tears, as that age gap had decreased considerably and I realised there were people there not much older than me – since then my mantra has been ‘use it or lose it’.
I remember when we were on top of the island having morning tea on the ‘across the island trek’, and I was looking down at the sheer rockface and thinking ‘#####” and a Timorese lady strolled by with her bag of dried fish on her back – tall, proud, elegant, dusty feet in thongs and looked at us a bit whimsically as she strolled past with a bit of a questioning look, and then simply vanished down the rockface – no stopping – no bending – just continuum of grace – like a gazelle – as if the ground were flat and even – I sure felt like an elephant at that point in time.
I often think about her – she was beauty in motion
So if you’re having a ‘moment’ about your age… call up your attitude.. that’s what counts.
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