Every which way he went, people couldn’t but follow, wide-eyed and waiting to see what might happen next, a simple expression, as much as a life-affirming impression put forth by you, perhaps?
Just a suggestion, continue on as you like, never, ever forget that almighty hike you were embarrassingly forced to take, forsake all of those begrudgers, try to recall what it was that your beloved mother once said
“One step at a time on making it from your bed, dear boy”