40 Days to a New Way of Life

New Doors Opening

That seems such a long time and yet so soon all at once. I have began to equate time in comparison to that date. I make future appointments at work and wonder how far up the trail will we be that day. Holidays, birthdays, and such will come and go next year, many while I am on the trail and I can’t help but wonder where I will be when those days come.

Most people I know will start the new year with no real plans except to continue their regular everyday lives. Meanwhile, I stand on the verge of what will not only be a great adventure but also the beginning of a whole new chapter in my life.

Other Doors Closing

We will also be parting ways with the house that has been our home for years. Maybe before we leave for the trail, maybe not. But definitely by the time we leave for the trail we will have crossed that threshold for the last time. I wonder if it is good luck to have him carry me over the threshold when we leave?

I am completely excited and will talk to  anyone who seems interested all about it. Yet so few can even comprehend why I am doing this. Many see it as something they cannot imagine wanting to do (Live outside for months? She must be nuts?). Others are baffled by my willingness to quit my job and not worry about what to do after the hike (How can she afford to do that?). Yes, maybe I am a little nuts and I am making financial decisions that most people would say were a bad idea. However, what I know is that having dreamed of doing this I cannot now personally afford not do it.

I am sure there will be days in the future when I will  question my own sanity but I am about to begin an adventure that will test me both physically and mentally, and I can’t wait to get started.

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