By Kamesha via UN Volunteers
Walking alone can be refreshing, reflective and most times, necessary. Depending on where you live, walking alone is not a problem but it is always important to exercise caution especially if you are walking in lonely places, dangerous areas or at night.
By all means, avoid walking alone if it is not safe. Walking in a pair is helpful but walking in groups is much more effective. This also applies to taking taxi’s or public transport especially at night.
What you want to do when walking alone is to always be aware of your surroundings and what is going on around you. It is very difficult to be aware of your surrounding if you are listening to music, playing games on your phone or texting. Doing this takes your attention away and may make you miss important signs.
Make sure your phone is recharged and you have a close friend on speedial especially if you are walking at night. Talking on the phone with your friend or loved one, updating them on where you are can also be helpful.
Avoid using one routine path so change your routine as regularly as possible. This keeps anyone from observing your commute patterns and can increase your safety. If there is a short cut that is unsafe, by all means, avoid taking it. It is better to take the long route and arrive than take a shortcut and be hurt.
The most important thing of all is to trust your gut. If you feel that something is wrong, don’t ignore it. Follow your gut feeling even if it feels irrational, this could save your life. Be safe.
Kamesha is a Chicago native. She graduated from Eastern Illinois University. Kamesha is a freelance writer. She and her husband, Calvin have 3 daughters, (Nalaya: 12yrs, Jael: 3yrs, and Callie: 2yrs). The family attends Corner Stone Christian center in Chicago Heights, IL. Kamesha believes in service, generosity, integrity, compassion, and honesty.