Deviations from the norm.

When did you last hear the Supertramp song “Take The Long Way Home”?

OK, guilty pleasure admission. I have to confess I’ve got it playing right now.

Admittedly the song’s lyrics suggest that someone’s taking the long way because they don’t actually *want* to go home, but let’s just take the title at face value.

It’s a good sentiment, though, don’t you think? No, not the idea of being a penguin (gosh, this is getting complicated) – the thought of sometimes taking the less direct route.

Sometimes you can’t. Time’s short, you’re in a hurry. Places to go, people to meet. Yada yada.

There’s a lot to be said, however, for going a different way – for altering your routine so it’s not mind-numbingly familiar. And this particularly applies, I believe, when you’re on foot.

Take the long way home and you’ll see new sights. Take the long way home and you’ll think new thoughts. Just as usefully, take the long way home and you’ll add to the day’s exercise tally.

Exercise is good for you but it’s not always easy to get enough. The trick, I think, is to build it into the stuff you’re already doing every day.

Take the stairs, not the lift.

Rather than moving your car between errands, park it once and walk from one to the other.

And, of course, take the long way home.

One thought on “Deviations from the norm.

  1. Whether going on foot, by bike or by car, I always like to complete a circuit, or a figure of eight, to get home, partly for the reasons you give, but also because a junction or bend can be more difficult and stressful in one direction than the other, depending on time of day and volume of traffic. Calculating the time needed is also part of the fun for me. This applies whether I’m just driving ten minutes to work and back, or driving across Europe and back, when the rewards in terms of places visited are far greater.

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