Amblin' Alameda: I'm Walking!

Amblin' Alameda: I'm Walking!

Morton Chalfy

I'm walking! Not a world-shattering announcement from the author of Amblin' Alameda, but relevant and exciting (to me) nevertheless. It's been 21 months since my operation for prostate cancer and the subsequent six weeks of radiation therapy and the convalescence from those insults to my body took much longer than I had supposed they would. It was months before I felt like walking anywhere at all, and then I could only manage fairly short stints before I felt too tired to carry on.

But just over a month ago I began to think I might try a little longer route and so I did. It tired me - but not so much, so over the next week or so I lengthened my march out to my old usual length - which is three miles, takes me 50 minutes and raises a good sweat, my heart rate and my spirits as well. For the last two weeks I've been back on my pre-operation schedule of walking three miles every morning and it's reinvigorated me in so many ways.

When I was convalescing, unable and unwilling to exert myself very much, I could see the encroaching feelings of declining powers and abilities. It seemed easier and easier to accept the inevitable loss of life-sustaining strength and to go with the flow pulling me right down the drain. I could see and feel these negative impressions but couldn't do much about them. The internal repairs my body was making were done imperceptibly and took their own sweet time getting me back to my new normal.

And then, and then, and then I felt like walking again. Just like that. One morning I just woke up wanting to and I've wanted to and have done so ever since. And I'm happy to report (to myself primarily) that the walking is working its old magic on me. For one thing I feel better, healthier and more alive. For another, walking and writing are tightly entwined in my brain so the more I walk the more my creative juices flow. So much so that I've been able to start a new novel that I've been thinking about for a year.

It has also changed the look and feel of the future for me from one of slow decline to one of increased activity. The more I walk the more I write and the more I do in general. It is so easy in one's 70s to give up and let nature take its course, and it takes something every day to keep one going and interested and involved in the world, in one's family and friends and in one's own future. For me walking is the elixir of life and I'm gladder than glad to be able to once more exclaim, “I'm Walking!”


Submitted by Robert Cassard (not verified) on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Congratulations on returning to your amblin' ways! My wife and I walk Alameda almost every day, and this community endlessly amazes us, as we seem to encounter something new and previously undiscovered on each and every walk.

Submitted by Terry Winckler (not verified) on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

One step at a time....a secret of life. Thanks for reminding us, Mort.

Submitted by alan pomeroy (not verified) on Tue, Nov 5, 2013

Agreed. Walking is the best medicine for your head.

Submitted by Brook (not verified) on Wed, Nov 6, 2013

Not world-shattering perhaps, but excellent news for you and those who care about you, and personally inspirational! Walk on!

Submitted by William (not verified) on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

Walk on!!