Why I’m Hiking the Appalachian Trail at 18
The most common question I receive is “Why?”
Hiking the Appalachian Trail at any age is not only the biggest blessing, but it is also the biggest test of your physical, mental, and, for some, spiritual strength. This is not new news to many aspiring thru-hikers like myself and those who have hiked it before us. Having done a section in the past, I am now more prepared for these trials but I will still be tested like everyone else. I have become more capable of answering the questions of “Why now?” or “Why at all?” than ever before. However, I feel my answer to that same question will change, yet again, once I finish in Maine. This page will be similar to all the other “Why I’m Hiking Lists” but don’t stop reading quite yet.
What’s the purpose?
These lists are not meant to be as boring as they may seem. These lists serve a purpose to not only the reader but to the author as well. To the reader, it is a source of entertainment but also an opportunity to step into someone else’s life. You are provided with a chance to see what motivates a person to take on such a journey and a glimpse at who they are. For the author, it is a list to tear apart their mind to find what their true purpose is and a reminder later on for why they aren’t going to quit.
Why I’m Hiking the AT….
- I want to experience life before the world expects me to work a nine-to-five or get a degree.
- I love the challenge and the physical/mental tests you can overcome.
- Hiking has always been my go-to for coping with everything in my life, both good and bad.
- Being away from the constant rat-race of society and removing myself from that world.
- The simplicity of living off what you carry and not needing all the material goods you filled your home with. Even the house itself is extra when you consider living out of a tent for six months.
- I have the physical capability to do it now, and I might not get another chance.
- After years of struggle, I am ready for a break and this journey will provide that for me.
- I want to be able to say I accomplished my life’s dream.
- I believe this journey changes you, and I want to see what the trail will teach me.
- The trail provides friendships and experiences that last a lifetime.
If you are still here, thank you for letting me show you what motivates me. I truly hope this experience will teach me and guide me on other paths (metaphorically and literally) in my life. I’ve come a long way to get to this point in my life, and I am ready to take on the challenges ahead of me. I hope you all continue to follow along this journey with me. I’m new to the blogging aspect of this trip so bare with me as I get the hang of this. As stated in my bio, my primary form of social media is Instagram so I will be posting on there in conjunction with this blog.
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