The Beauty of Walking in the City
Having grown up in the suburbs of Chicago, I had no idea that a world without cars even existed. Headed to school? Drive. Dashing to the store? Drive. Running to the gym? Drive.
I was perfectly content living my life in my car. I knew that I would arrive at my destinations on time, without being exhausted or sweaty or frozen. So what changed for me? I moved to Milwaukee for college and realized that life within the city exists without vehicles.
My first wave of shock came during orientation, when the sky decided to hit me with a rain. I wasn’t prepared to walk in the rain, I didn’t have boots or a coat or even an umbrella! All of that soon changed.
After my freshman year, I bought a parka to brave the cold Wisconsin winters. I started wearing hats and investing in sturdy boots. I no longer dressed for appearance but for endurance. I didn’t care how cute the dress was, if I was going to freeze to death on the way to class it just wasn’t worth it.
With all the walking I began to do, I started to appreciate the small, yet wonderful, beauty that exists in the city. Things you would miss driving in a car…
The Little Things that Make You Laugh
Art Tucked Away in Every Corner
Amazing River walks, Bridges and Staircases
And Stories You Can Tell for A Lifetime
The lighted jars led up to an open area, where a table for two and small orchestra were set up. And waiting there, a man was standing with a ring and a question to ask.
Everyone walking past stopped to wait and see when his guest would be arriving. Our small audience started to grow in excitement when we saw her walking down the path.
The man got down on one knee and… well you know the rest. This is the second proposal I have seen walking down the streets of Milwaukee.
So go to the city. And walk more. At the end of the day, your feet and your mind will thank you.