I walk briskly to the east, dressed in black hoodie and sweat pants, as it is 50 degrees as I enter Central Park and see the mostly blue sky with wispy cirrus clouds above the sparkling reservoir. To the east there are now three behemoths reflected in the water as Mount Sinai’s new building is complete. Lush green glorifies the park, and on the carriage path below me I see bushes of deep pink flower clusters as I turn to the north. The wind picks up and I am distracted by a man walking ahead of me, carrying his shoes.
As I walk beside him, I say, “It’s great that they keep this gravel path smooth enough to walk barefoot.”
“The small stones are good,” the white-haired Asian man replies with a smile.” In Chinese, we say it helps the balance, the yin and yang.” And so begins a conversation that takes us around the circumference of the lake. We are the same age making similar efforts to remain vibrant and healthy, by eating no meat, yet eating an egg daily and fish; by walking, maintaining a pulse rate of 120 beats per minute which permits us to have a normal conversation as we walk and by exercising our muscles and our brains.