Taking a Walk for Refugees

I woke up this morning and checked Twitter and discovered that Neil Gaiman had told me to take a hike — or more accurately, he had tagged me as someone he challenged to walk 2,000 steps by Refugee Day (which is June 20th) as part of #StepWithRefugees, to raise awareness of the roughly one billion miles refugees, in aggregate, walk each year to try to find safety. 2,000 steps is roughly a mile, so the idea is something akin to walking a mile in someone else’s shoes.

So I got out of bed and took that walk, and of course, because such a public challenge by Neil requires documentation, made a video of my morning perambulation. In the video you will see cats, cranes, frogs, headstones and Amish, and, of course, me. Yes, the video is in portrait mode. Sorry. It was early.

As part of the challenge I was meant to nominate three other people to do this walking thing, so I nominated Chuck Wendig, Joe Hill and Yanni Kuznia. But there’s no reason you can’t do it as well. Go take a hike (or walk, or run, or swim, it all counts). As you’re doing it, think of the people who walk not because they want to, but because they have to. And think about the people who, at the end of their daily walk, don’t get to come back to a home that is safe and sound.

13 Comments on “Taking a Walk for Refugees”

  1. Hope Griffin Diaz – North Carolina – So, to borrow from a popular shirt, I love Jesus but I cuss a little. Well, a lot. In fact, I just don't believe Jesus really gives a shit about the word 🤬 I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. Reading transports me to places that are inaccessible to me right now. Whether those places address in space or in areas I'm unable to travel, I am grateful for books and authors who keep my mind occupied. I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black purr machine maine coon cat named Samwise aka #SamSam and a Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog mix named Daisy. I knit. I craft. I sew. These are at my leisure and are hobbies. I don't take commissions nor do I do alterations. I'm an aspiring human being. I battle several mental illnesses including depression, major panic disorder, agoraphobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and some other assorted illnesses. I also have fibromyalgia and have had numerous traumatic brain injuries (into the double digits now). I am not able to drive at night.

    I’ve done a little over 1000 so far. I should end up with 5000 by the end of the day.

  2. Nice. Slightly different from the walk here in Brooklyn, as I don’t remember seeing any cranes, or frogs, or Amish bikers. But that’s cool too.

  3. I noticed some flooded fields on your walk; hope the are farmers are not losing growing time due to too much rain. Ditto on the ‘Amish guy on a recumbent is cool’. I had never thought of that before (or seen an Amish person on a bike before either), but it fits in with the whole lifestyle.

  4. Great video, really inspired me to go on a walk today.

    I love the way you feature your property on your blog. It’s interesting to see how other people live in different areas. Plus, I’m an HGTV addict. I love houses and lawns and neighborhoods and that kind of stuff.

    But curiously, do you ever worry about internet crazies? I mean, you being a public figure and also being so open about where you live and your personal life. It would scare me to no end. I’m legitimately curious how much, if at all, you factor safety concerns into your decisions regarding sharing personal life information.

  5. You should ask your HOA to put in a sidewalk.
    I’m kidding. I can gather that there is no HOA where you live.
    Therefore: you should *form* an HOA and then petition them to make a sidewalk. Haha :)

  6. Richard Winks – Long time Sci/Tech lover and practitioner, socially tolerant, fiscally conservative, apolitical, unremarkably ordinary, admitted pedant, long suffering cynic. @dwinx49r on Twitter
    Richard Winks

    For a few years, we had a heron who would visit Spring rain filled low areas near my house in the early evening. We dubbed him 5:00 Charlie as we would often see him flying in or leaving around that time.

  7. Not walking today. Walked yesterday, over 11K steps for the day. Should reach 2K on any given non-walk day. Though day before yesterday wasn’t even 1K. Perhaps I spent too much time reading and doing Legos.
    Also, if I can remember, I’ll think about walking refugees on my next walk, but since I usually pass the time imagining walking with The Doctor, I’ll probably wind up thinking about refugees having their civilisation rescued by peripatetic Time Traveler.

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