When I was younger, my family and I spent a lot of time in the Lake District visiting, well more family, out walking on the fells and round the lake / waters of that beautiful part of the world. As we walked we obviously passed others on our route and with our cousins we always played a very simple game.
- When we met someone coming the opposite direction we always said hello.
- If they said hello back, they (or we) were safe – they were just your everyday humans.
- If they didn’t reply, they weren’t just rude, they were evil witches and warlocks.
I’m happy to report that usually we met more of the former than the latter and this post is not meant to offend the good witches and warlocks out there, it was just a game after all.
Ever since, whenever out walking or running, I try to say hello when passing people out on the paths and trails. Granted I live in the country and not a big city, so probably don’t pass as many people as others will. It is, I think, better to smile and say hello than to put your head down and rush by.
During this period of lockdown and the accompanying sunny weather, it has been great to see so many people getting out running. It seems that there’s more than ever, but this maybe because they previously ran at the gym (which is now closed) or on their lunch break at work (which they can no longer go to). Similarly, all the families out on their one walk out of the house that they can take a day.
All I hope, in these worrying and uncertain times, is that you stay safe, follow the advice regarding social distancing and of course – don’t be an evil witch or warlock, say hello to people you meet along the way.