Jan 16, 2012

Foursquare walking

One morning I was heading to work, walking a short walk from train to the office. I noticed myself having my mobile in my hand and I was checking in to couple places with foursquare. I looked around and I saw couple of others doing the same (looking the phone while walking). Then I finally realized how stupid it was.

Instead of enjoying walk, places and all the people around, I use my time checking in to meaningless places with mobile phone. Whole time I walked I had mobile in my hand and I constantly checked it, if I could already check in to the next place in my route.

Reason for this intensive foursquare usage was my colleagues in my previous work place. We used to on coffee breaks, check each others foursquare points, mayorship's and badges. For a competitive nature as mine, it was enough for trying to gather as many points as possible in every place I was. Now without this aspect. I'm just wasting time.

In that one morning I realized, that maybe I could use that time better. I could use the time for walking. Some of you might not agree with this, but walking and observing the environment you live in, is important. It's actually good time to think and see the world. It's funny how much more I have found from the routes I've been walking for some time, when I've actually used the time for looking. And every time I walk the route, it's bit different than it was last time. People, nature, cars, buildings, animals, trash or something has changed. Try it out, you'll be amazed.

Some of you will think, that have I gone mad. Maybe I have, but I've just realized that I can enjoy these walking moments and not just think those to be boring empty moments I have to waste my time everyday. It's your own choice how you use your moments. I'll try to use those wisely.

Written by +Henri Hämäläinen

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