Unless I'm late for something, I walk at a slow-to-moderate pace. Within that slow-to moderate range, I vary quite a bit, and I'm not sure why.
Upon further observation, I have noticed that I often walk somewhat quickly, though not always. I don't know why I previously thought of myself as a slow walker. I do occasionally find myself walking slowly, but I'm not sure what it is that makes these moments different.
*snip* The world is exactly the same as before, except each moment is delicious - each moment is a delicious surprise.
And as we start to move again, our thoughts stir themselves and wake up and move with us - relaxed and refreshed after a little sleep - la petite mort - a moment of ecstasy.
I must say, you have an amazing way with words and seem to have achieved a state of mind and a state of feeling of mind that I but dream of.
With regards to walking patterns, I'm normally headphones in and quite a fast walker, due in part to the long legs and part due possibly to the idea of wanting to (subconsciously or not?) get away from people. However that's not to say I don't enjoy walking slowing and indeed often do. Chances are however I have something to do/ somewhere to be and so whip drives the horse and such.
I tend to be quite alert of my surroundings when I walk alone, whether it be beautiful green fields or busy rush-hour streets, easily striding round people and/ or obstacles. However, walking with others I tend to match their stride and conversely, pay less attention to my surroundings and more to them. Thoughts tend to come easily for me when walking alone however and infact it's when I get some of my best thoughts thought.
"Though this be madness, yet there is method in't."