Three walks. That’s all it took to realize the relationship between time and distance. With the phones put away and the surroundings capturing our attention, I realized so many factors came into play with how I arrived at a destination. The scenery, the sounds, and especially the time of day played a huge part in how fast I walked to my predetermined location.
First, the straight line walk. This walk was one of my most interesting walks. I realized there were not that many people walking around and rushing from place to place. It was a quiet moment in the day (as quiet as it can get in the city) and I enjoyed this walk the most. I thought it took me 14 minutes to walk to my destination when it only took me 11. Overall I loved that I could take my time and enjoy the streets.
The next walk I did was the zig-zag to Gramercy Park. This walk took me through Union Square where I realized that it was the end of the day. People were rushing to pack up their trucks, head home, and meet up with their friends and family. I thought the walk took me 17 minutes, but it took me 26. I felt as though I was going faster than I was due to all the noise and busy cars heading home.
The final walk I took to was the West Village walk. I picked a random address which ended up being someone’s apartment. I thought this walk took me 30 minutes to complete but the reality of it was that it only took 21 minutes. I think the reason it felt so incredibly long was due to the fact that I felt like I was lost. I had to check the map over and over again. At first I even ended up in the wrong place! Ultimately, I was so exhausted by the end of the walk that I ordered an Uber to take me home.