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Timing is Key: The Essence of Ed Pratt’s Life

It’s intriguing how timing plays a significant role in our experiences. There are moments when a seemingly random event occurs precisely when you are present, altering the course of your day. Conversely, there are instances where arriving a few minutes earlier or later could have led to entirely different outcomes.

Recently, my focus on walking has led to some interesting encounters, all influenced by timing. Amidst the backdrop of incessant political turmoil and threats of violence, embarking on a daily 10,000-step journey has become a sanctuary. The accompaniment of classic Motown and soul tunes from the ‘80s and ‘90s, courtesy of Marvin Gaye and Earth, Wind & Fire, transforms each step into a liberating experience.

Transitioning my walks to an indoor track introduced me to a group of men on the first day. Observing them engrossed in conversation, I envisioned forging a connection based on shared interests. However, reality set in as I realized their towering stature compared to my modest height of five-foot-seven. The disparity in our paces made it clear that keeping up with them was a futile endeavor, prompting a wry chuckle at the thought of me attempting to jog alongside them.

On a different occasion, a familiar face graced the track as I neared the completion of my daily steps. Fern, a childhood companion with whom I shared numerous milestones, entered the scene, evoking a sense of nostalgia. Our impromptu reunion felt serendipitous, akin to reuniting with a long-lost sibling, leaving a warm afterglow of camaraderie.

The following day brought a poignant encounter with Mark, an old friend recovering from significant hip surgery. Reflecting on our respective health challenges, I couldn’t help but feel a deeper appreciation for his resilience in the face of adversity.

In a departure from my usual routine, a chance deviation in timing led me to witness a remarkable display of perseverance by an elderly lady navigating the track with a walker. Each arduous step she took, albeit slow and laborious, exuded unwavering determination. Despite being overtaken by swifter walkers and joggers, her resolve remained unshaken, serving as a poignant reminder of the power of resilience.

Engaging her in conversation, I expressed admiration for her unwavering spirit, proposing to share her inspiring story with a wider audience. While she humbly revealed her ongoing recovery from surgery and expressed gratitude for the gesture, the prospect of a formal interview remains uncertain.

As I ponder the intricacies of timing and chance encounters, I am reminded of the profound impact these fleeting moments can have on our lives, underscoring the beauty of human connection amidst life’s unpredictable rhythms.