To celebrate The Art Of The Everyday, our new capsule collection with COS, which launches this Thursday 27 October, we at MR PORTER decided to muse upon a few simple quotidian habits that can vastly improve the quality of a man’s life. Below, born-again walking enthusiast Mr Tim Noakes explains why taking a contemplative stroll is a balm for body, mind and soul.
It’s been said that walking is the Western form of meditation, and I’m inclined to agree. It’s certainly one of the best ways to dream up new ideas. Sure, you can get across town faster by Tube, taxi and bus – but the constant barging, squashing, sweating, delays and cost aren’t that conducive for creative thinking. Cycling is better and healthier, but it’s unadvisable to fantasise while riding as there’s a certain degree of concentration needed to avoid a collision with other road users.
Of course, when people do actually walk, they often injure themselves, too. Not by tearing a muscle, but because they can’t tear themselves away from their smartphones. The Germans call this type of person a smombie (smartphone + zombie). You know the type. Infact, it’s probably you. In 2014, the smombie invasion got so bad in Chongqing that the Chinese government had to make a designated smombie walking lane for them. In the US, hospitals have reported a 124 per cent increase in tech-related walking accidents over the last four years. The race is on for developers to design an app that can save pedestrians from themselves. And with affordable autonomous cars predicted to be on every street in the next 20 years, the definition of a long walk could soon be pacing a few torturous feet from our front door to our “UberAI”.