My exercise of choice is walking. I can walk 50 miles just don’t ask me to run one mile. And, don’t ask me to go over a 15 minute mile unless wild animals are after me. When I walk I usually listen to a podcast or an audiobook but occasionally it’s just me and a playlist. I honestly don’t know why I bother with a playlist. My mind always wanders to the most random and absurd things and I end up not listening to my playlist, only my inner voice. I do all my deep, philosophical thinking whilst walking, showering or driving long distances. Today, as I enjoyed the lovely, warm spring day I was reminded of a scene in Back to the Future 3. See what I mean about random and absurd?
Now, I know what you’re thinking. It’s highly unlikely that Back to the Future 3 would feature anything relevant but stick with me while I set it up. If you don’t remember or never saw the movie, Back to the Future 3 takes place during the old west. The scene I’m talking about features several people sitting around in a saloon and someone says something about running and how one day people will run for fun. Everyone laughs at the idea and proceeds to ask why anyone would want to run for fun – like this is the most absurd thing in the universe. And quite frankly for the time, it is the most absurd thing in the universe. Day to day life was exercise. From hauling water to chopping wood to wrangling animals, every facet of daily life involved physical labor. No one exercised for health. They exercised because they had to do it to get the job done.
So, as I speed walked down the tree lined trails in my town, I couldn’t help but chuckle at the absurdity of it all. Here I was wearing clothing and shoes especially purchased for exercising, listening to a tiny box which doubles as a phone walking down a paved path almost big enough for a car all in the name of health. I was struck by how much life has changed in a mere 100 years. I’m always astounded how technology, better health care, and basic personal rights have completely changed our lives. It always leads me to wonder what’s next. I can’t even fathom what our future holds. Truth be told, as a child, I totally believed we’d be using flying cars by now. Boy, do I feel cheated. Actually, with the way most people drive, I’m glad we aren’t using flying cars. But seriously, I can’t even begin to imagine what’s next. The only thing that even remotely comes to mind is VR and 3-D printing but those are already in use. I wonder how these technologies will affect us in 20 years? Dear reader, do you have any ideas? Thrill me with your creativity.
P.S. If we don’t have Jetson’s flying cars or Rosie robots by the time I’m 80 I’m going to riot.
P.P.S. This is a free, stock photo, not me. My thighs have never been that skinny.