I recently read an article discussing the notion that many people have “voices in their head”. I was intrigued by the idea that sometimes they sound like other people. My inner monologue or dialogue always sounds like me, if the tinnitus doesn’t drown it out. Perhaps that’s what comes of being a singer: you’re always listening to yourself, so that’s what you expect to hear.
In any case, my inner voice talks to me when I’m out walking. During the week it will probably remind me that I have a bus to catch, and therefore the loop I’m doing has to be limited. It might occasionally remind me that I don’t have to go up the steep side of the hill if I don’t want to (read, if I’m too tired). I don’t always have conversations about these things, just constant reminders that I have a choice.
On the weekend, when I’m out walking at a much more civilised hour, my inner monologue is quite different. Then, that voice tells me that I don’t need to take a short cut to get home quickly, because there’s no bus to catch and nobody expecting me home. It tells me I can enjoy the winding path through the park that I wouldn’t attempt on a dark, weekday morning. It gives me permission to enjoy a longer walk.
As the TOTAL CLIMB chart illustrates, a loop walk around here involves some ups and downs. There’s a short, sharp climb at the beginning of that last kilometre or so – as I think you can see from the chart – and by the time I got there on Sunday, I was really ready to be home. After stopping for a drink, my inner voice told me that I had no choice but to keep going, which I knew to be true. I found my legs and, with some inner-vocal encouragement, was home almost before I knew it.
Does your inner voice encourage you to keep going or to take it easy?