Why I’m choosing the AT over college in 2017…
If you have read the book Appalachian Trials, you know about the three lists which Zach Davis advises prospective thru-hikers to make before they begin (and if you haven’t read it, you should!). These lists are meant to remind you of your purpose for being on the trail when you begin to question it. So here is my logic behind my decision to hike 2,189 miles:
I am thru-hiking the Appalachian trail because….
- I will be living up to my biggest dream.
- I’ll get to spend six months of my life outdoors.
- I enjoy pushing my body and mind to their limits.
- I want to follow my own path.
- Now is an opportune time to prove to myself and others that I can do anything I set my mind to.
- I would like to discover how little I need to survive./li>
- I want to build resilience, determination, and grit.
- It will allow me to experience something completely different than anything I have before.
- I should use my physical capabilities while I am young.
- I would like the time to read and write which is difficult to find in my regular life.
- I will begin my adult life by following my heart.
- I believe I am meant to.
When I finish the trail I will have….
- A new understanding of my limits.
- More confidence in my abilities.
- A higher capacity to overcome discomfort.
- An amazing story.
- Proven the skeptics wrong.
If I give up I will….
- Missed out on a beautiful opportunity.
- Wasted money and the many hours it took to earn the money I saved to hike.
- Not be who I believe I am.
- Be part of a statistic.
- Set a standard of settling for the rest of my life.
- Need to explain myself to a lot of people.
- Proven the skeptics right.
I know these lists will be beneficial to remind me of why I am on the trail in times of struggle next year.
Thanks for reading and look out for more posts from me!
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