Sometimes you don’t need to walk with a purpose

I have always been told to walk with a purpose – like you know where you are meant to be going and what you are going there to achieve.

This weekend I had a few days at home with my family. By home I mean where I grew up and lived for 21 years of my life.

I was in the park and little man was dawdling along holding his bread for the ducks. He didn’t have a care in the world, nor was he in any sort of rush.

He was not walking with any sort of purpose.

I turned to my mum and said ‘Just sometimes, I would love to walk without a purpose.’

We all live such busy lives, and I definitely have an inability to stop and watch the world go by – or just amble along not knowing where I will end up and why.

So on Monday afternoon we walked without a purpose. We got some fresh air, we walked round the park. We fed the ducks and had an ice cream.

I didn’t rush little man to hurry up. I didn’t even utter the words ‘come on’ which I so often turn to him and say.

We had no where else to be. Nothing else that we had to do. Just to be with family, with my little man and enjoy time together.

I was in the car travelling back up the motorway on Monday night thinking that I should walk without a purpose more often. I felt relaxed and refreshed going away and not having to rush around the whole time.


Yes I was tired, due to lack of sleep because of late nights and the travel, but my mind felt refreshed.

I made a promise to myself. The one day a week we spend as a family on a Sunday, when we do things together, I will not utter the words ‘come on’ or ‘hurry up’ to little man. I will walk along side him and walk without a purpose for just one day a week.

So when was the last time you walked without a purpose?

Busy Working Mummy XOXO

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10 thoughts on “Sometimes you don’t need to walk with a purpose

  1. I have to force myself to switch off ‘commuter mode’ so I don’t end up losing the cubs as they dawdle, prod things, pick up stones, put them down, point out crisp packets and colours…


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  2. I do it a bit, just to see what’s out there (and for exercise). Or as Alice would say: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
    “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
    “I don’t much care where –”
    “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”
    ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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  3. You’re so right. I tend to pound the pavements after years of London commuting. But it means I often rush my daughter when she just wants to explore. I read a lot about ‘Slow Parenting’ last year and whilst I don’t like parenting methodologies, I like some of the principles. So I agree completely, it’s great to take things slowly now and again…both for your children and yourself! Hope you manage to keep it up x


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  4. With our busy lives it’s so hard just to stop and sit, or walk without a purpose. I’m forever running around and I do just need to stand still every now and again. It’s lovely that you got to have some good quality family time, and have set aside Sundays too. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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