I’m Going to Hike the AT, Baby!
9 months until I embark on the journey of a lifetime.
I could theoretically go through the entire gestation period of a child. (I promise that will not happen). But the timing coincidence got me to thinking. Announcing my intentions to thru hike is similar as if I were to announce a pregnancy considering my age and relationship status. I feel like the responses of my friends and family would be almost identical … So far people have expressed shock, uncertainty, excitement, support, and all have advice/warnings to give. Not to mention doubt, oodles of doubt.
Initially I was hesitant to make the “I am going to attempt a thru hike of the Appalachian Trail” announcement in fear of what people would think… Now I don’t care because it’s happening whether anyone likes it or not. Boom.
I have tentatively set my start date to coincide with my brother’s spring break, but we’ll see.
I have no set in stone plans and I don’t plan on making more than a general framework.
I am usually a planning maniac. Contrary to my micromanaging past, I have decided to let the trail be the teacher, to see where it takes me, and to go along for the ride.
So unlike me, I know. We’ll see how that goes.
Why am I hiking?
- I need a break from the demands of schooling. I have been taking classes nonstop, including summers, since I graduated high school. I know the trail will be mentally taxing as well, but in a different way.
- I believe in the quote, “Let the world change you and you can change the world.” Before starting graduate school I need to be humbled, awe struck, and challenged by Mother Nature. There are lessons I still need to learn that cannot be taught by a textbook.
- For me, the most important reason is self-discovery. I know it probably sounds hokey, but I need to find myself. I feel as if I bend too much to meet other’s expectations of me and I’d like to truly understand who I am as a person.
I can’t wait to share all my thoughts, experiences, and trials on this radical website! When I was younger I was an inconsistent journal/diary keeper, so we’ll see how this blogging thing goes.
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Hi Emily! I’ll see you on the trail next Spring. Good luck with everything.
Needing to find yourself doesn’t sound hokey… it sounds like a very good reason! : )
Good luck to you and maybe I’ll see you out there! Next year is kind of my last chance before my wife demands babies haha.
Welcome to the class of 2016! Keep us posted on your prep, looking forward to it!