I have always been a very enthusiastic walker from childhood! I never had a bike and wpould walk everywhere:to school,to the shops,to the beach,to the station to catch my train from the end of the line to the city,then I'd walk from the city station to my place of work!
When I came to Townsville,the walking became even more enjoyable as the weather is so great! There are no trains here and a poor bus service so I walked to work and home again for many years,until I had to stop working thanks to my poly-arthritic disease becoming so severe! Now I walk with a beautifully hand-carved oak walking stick which was made especially for me. I miss my long walks almost more than anything else.My friends always park as close to the shops as possible when taking me to get my groceries which is VERY thoughtful of them. The furthest I can walk now without my cane is to my letterbox!! This is a dreadful situation for someone whose passion for walking is still so strong,but whose ability has diminished so much!! But the good news is that I CAN still walk even these amounts!!
that sounds a bit like me but there is no rhyme or reason to it -no idea why I do it....actually yes, perhaps I have now that i think of it -when i first had an accident and was not allowed to lift and could not walk far -p;erhaps I got used to it!! good excuse.
Before I had kids I used to park as far away as possible - mostly because I suck at parking and felt safer when I wasn't surrounded by cars LOL Now that I have 2 toddlers I park either close to the entrance or close to a trolley bay, so I can just grab a trolley to put the children straight into.
When we shop in the odd occasion in our local suburb, we park where ever we can find a space with the right time limit on it for what we need to do there. At our local Westfields we park in the parking station & walk. In Melbourne we don't have a car, so we do a 10/15 minute walk to the station & back, every day we go out from/to the house.