There are two types of people in this world, walkers and talkers. Walkers are the ones who get things done and save the talking for later, like a treat to be savored. Talkers are not exactly the opposite, but many of them enjoy illustrating grand schemes and designs without ever going forth with these plans, or at least not following through with them. The following paragraphs enumerate the differences between both actions, as well as offer my own perspective on the matter.
I don't like to talk. I usually only talk when talked to, or when asked about where I've walked. Sometimes I feel like I am posturing or posing when I've talked too much. I feel a strong need to walk when this happens, at least four times as much as I've talked, sometimes even exponentially more than I have talked, when it is concerning something I plan to do or have not done yet. I dislike talking about trips that have not happened yet. I wish to walk, to prepare myself for them, rather than waste more time talking.
Lots of people enjoy talking more than walking. They like to flaunt their (un)attractive bodies/faces on Facebook or show off their new gadgets. They enjoy impressing their menial accomplishments on others, no matter how small. They find it important to share every happening with their "friends", no matter how mundane.
This is why I dislike social media. It highly emphasizes talking over walking. It encourages people to continue mostly useless discourse, share idiotic memes or create new ones. It develops groups that are cyclic, choirs of talkers feeding off each other to perpetuate time-wasting forevermore. Sites like Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook are definitely the worst. I am only associated with the latter to maintain easy contact with those I deem important.
Talking isn't always bad though. When talking to facilitate walking, such as mentoring or teaching someone, talking can be very constructive. It can help others who are less athletic walk more, and even inspire healthier walking habits in them. Nevertheless, it is up to the individual whether they want to walk.
Talking is also important in communicating to other parties how much you have walked, and what other journeys you can take, whether those excursions would be reasonable for you or not, and whether you would enjoy them. Companies and Universities (when you're applying to become a professor) strongly require this talking.
I have developed a strong distaste for those who talk about their walk who have, in fact, walked little. I find these people highly annoying. These people are the useless group members, the people who are "all bark and no bite", the copy & paste coders and Wikipedia quoters. The people who, when scheduled for a rather arduous hike, are unable to embark or tough it out because of their unwillingness or incompetence.
This is the main reason why I dislike talking about my own journey. I feel like, despite all I have done, I have far more to go. That I've only accomplished a negligible fraction of what I really want to achieve. My own hunger for long, lofty walks will probably never be satisfied, even after several. And I am completely fine with that, as long as I am allowed to walk more than talk.
This is also why I dislike formal parties. I tell people of my accomplishments, of where I have walked, and they nod and say "That's nice" if they are unlearned in my field (which is highly likely) and move on to other family or friends. It is a waste of time, but it in some ways a ritual, something necessary for others to smile about and update themselves upon people's accomplishments, for whatever reasons they deem necessary.
Walking is fantastic. When I walk, there is more to talk about. More importantly, there are many more exciting hikes and paths open to me than if I had spent that walking time talking. I would say there are only things truly worth talking about when I have done a great deal of walking, usually to an important landmark or destination. This is why my status updates on Facebook are sparse, yet important. When I have done a good deal of walking, I don't mind a small chat.
Walking is what powers the world. The greatest inventors of our time walked far more than they have talked. If not, they walked their talk: some would make incredible claims and go on to back them with good research and impressive work. In a way, "walking the talk" is a good strategy, as it compels one to fulfill a promise or pledge they have made to another party so their talk wasn't simply a lie. It is all too often that the walk is forgone in favor of more talking, however, so it is a strategy best reserved for practiced walkers.
Essentially, talking is useful in choice circumstances, but it is usually far more beneficial to simply walk. When a great walker speaks, his words will carry more weight, despite there being less of them. His knowledge and experience allow him to impart more information in fewer sentences than a fraudulent or commercial talker who fattens his sentences with empty terminology and buzzwords.
I was inspired to write this after I graduated from University. I was at the tail end of a tough trek, and I told several people of my journey. However I felt like I was getting dragged into too many talks of this adventure, which led to this being written.
It isn't only the recent graduation though, but a culmination of events and talks that have occurred throughout my academic career. I've met people, big talkers, who turned out to be small walkers, for instance. More talks await me soon, especially at the formal party, but I am just glad that I can spend most of my time walking now.