How do You Know if You Can?
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
T. S. Elliot
I recently read this quote and I was struck by how well and simply he expresses something I have had so much trouble putting into words. I don’t know I can thru-hike the AT. What I do know is that if I don’t try I will never know and I don’t want to spend the rest of my life wondering. When I tell people that I am going to hike the AT I sometimes hear “I could never do that.” What I want to say to them is, “How do you know?”
Backpacking Is a Very Physical Activity
Physical is easy to figure out. If you need to get stronger you exercise, eat a better diet. We all know how to do that. So why don’t more people do it? Because they think they can’t or because they don’t have a goal that makes it seem worth the effort? I have at times felt like getting into better shape was not all that important to me. To have a dream to do something as awesome as hike the AT has definitely changed that and motivated me to do things I didn’t think I would ever do.
Doing Something that Is Mental
When I started hiking I made a commitment to do a 28-mile one-day hike as part of a fundraising event for pediatric cancer called the Ultimate Hike. I am inspired by all the things those kids and their families endured with such strength that I could never have imagined. Thinking of them continues to inspire me to go beyond what I think I can do and to be forever thankful for everyday I have.
If You Have a Hard Dream Go for It
Can you do it? The only way to find out is to try.
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