I used to run up and down staircases, skipping steps sometimes. Now 68 years old, I’m past that era. Some years ago I began carrying a pedometer in my pocket and trying to “get” 10,000 steps a day. Moving to Holland, MI, where it’s not easy to get that many steps in the winter, coincided with learning that the number 10,000 was just a convenient number selected for how it sounds in Japanese. I no longer strive for all of them, but consider a day with less than 5,000 to have been spent in idleness.
It’s winter in Holland, MI, where I now reside. But I’m in Taiwan for a couple weeks, where, though it’s also winter, it feels like spring in Michigan. My pedometer has registered near to, slightly over, or wildly in excess of 10,000 steps per day every day since we arrived. It’s so EASY to rack up a good total just doing the things we do here, and it’s so pleasant to be outside doing so.
We have to remember, though, that were we to have visited during mango season, we’d be huddling indoors near to an air-conditioner rather than out getting the steps. If only we could bring the spring weather and the mango season more closely together. Then this would be heaven on earth, and pedometers would become unnecessary.
David Alexander now resides in Holland, MI after 39 years in Taiwan.