Grace, 21

by Catriona Conway-Mortimer

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

    PR photograph of Grace as part of Humans of the Walk campaign

    “I used to be a dancer. I danced everything from ballet, to ballroom, to tap. When I was 16 I got an injury and had to stop. I suffered from some mental health issues after that. It wasn’t easy letting go of dance. But being out and about and keeping active has really helped me. I’m from New Hampshire so hiking is a big part of my family’s life. Some of the best conversations I’ve had with my mum have been while out walking. I love walking in Edinburgh – I find the scenery meditative. It’s so different from at home in the US that I can just get lost in it. I run, too. It’s a good outlet for me. I run either at sunrise or sunset – that’s the most beautiful time of the day. ‘Vindica te tibi’ is my mantra. It’s Latin for ‘Free yourself, for yourself’ and it means: if you are disciplined, you will free yourself from anxiety.”

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