Some Thoughts On Walking

I’m definitely one of those “positive thinking” sort of gals. I’m all about having a good attitude, you know, “keeping your chin up” and that sort of thing. I am constantly telling my friends to look on the bright side, think of it this way and walk tall. I believe that what you project is what you get, from your attitude to your posture. And I think all these things are important to survive in this world.

So, when I noticed that I, yes, Queen of Manifesting, Duchess of “You Get What You Give”, was starting to get into the habit of walking with her head down like some meek girl without her way in the world, I was like, “AW, HELL NAH.”

I won’t stand for that! Not with my friends and not with myself! Strong, confident people, do not walk with their eyes on the pavement. We walk like Beyonce!

I realized this about myself when I was walking to the bathroom at a cute restaurant in a trendy area of town. I walked all the way to the bathroom without looking up once. I sat on the toilet and thought about it, kind of embarrassed for myself.

Where was that woman I’d bred myself to be? That aplomb, can’t-tell-me-nothing lady that could command a room because she was pretty positive one day she was going to be the CEO of her life? Sure, we were just out to lunch, but practice creates habits and habits create lifestyles and I’m sorry, but I want a CEO lifestyle.

I thought to myself, “Marissa, you need some practice. You’re going to walk back to that table like you mean it! Walk like you’re the baddest broad on the block, CAUSE YOU ARE!”

So, I did.

In the process of assertively sauntering to my lunch, I completely missed a stair on the patio and fell right into the lap of some handsome actor type with all the other pretty model types looking at me like I was drunk, which I wasn’t! Absolutely embarrassed, I apologized and hurried off to my table, my forehead completely perpendicular to the patio’s wooden planks, which is about the least self-assured look you can give yourself.

I learned a valuable lesson. As with all things in life, whether it is successfully navigating an important business meetingor just an outdoor seating area, it’s important to remember to yes, keep your chin up, but never forget to watch your step.

Marissa A. Ross is a writer, actor, music connoisseur, blogger and an all out enthusiast for leisurely activities. She enjoys wine, gawking at midcentury architecture, and sunbathing. You can catch her all over the internet, but mostly with her main squeeze, Tangents & The Times, and on Twitter.

  • Taylor Aileen Harrison

    I love this.

    • Marissa A. Ross

      Thanks girl!

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  • Susan Blank

    Wise advice indeed.

  • April Lowder

    I have the ‘walk like a queen’ conversation with myself all the time :)

  • Angie Pham

    i feel you! need to practice more..

  • Sarah Abreu

    Love this; love levity. :]

  • Jessica Day

    I loved this! I am not normally a red wine fan, but this makes me want to try it again.

  • Estela Magana

    I’m sure the hottie actor guy didn’t mind at all :)

  • Jennifer Eccleston

    I was a chin up kinda gal too until about 3 weeks ago when as I walking by this church on a Sunday and like 1000 cars were coming out of the parking lot because it was ova, and I tripped on uneven pavement and went flying into the bushes. I tried to recover, and hoped no one noticed….5 seconds later, my friend Marie texts me and says she just saw me go tumbling into the bushes. mortifying. So chin up for FLAT surfaces only from now on…;)

  • Erin Lashley

    I can relate to this. Once at the gym I was doing step aerobics when the cool girl at the gym looked at me and said, “you’re very graceful.” Without stopping I said, “thanks,” felt like a cool person myself for one instant, and fell completely down to the floor the very next instant, having missed the step.

  • Justin Shelton

    Glad to see your writing in more places! I don’t mean this in a douche way, but if you are walking and your forehead is perpendicular to the ground, then your chin would be up and you would be walking away with the appearance of self-assurance…which is totally how you should have played that off. “Yeah, I meant to trip into your lap. You should call me.” *struts away* I agree, walk with confidence. I always feel better about what I’m doing if I walk with purpose, chin up, all that jazz.

    • Marissa A. Ross

      Sigh, I never was good at math or its terminology. :(

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