Why I’m Hiking Lists
It is insisted that aspiring thru-hikers undergo a certain amount of mental exercises to help prepare themselves for the trail. In order to brace myself for those miserable days when I forget why on earth I decided to attempt to hike 2,189 miles from Georgia to Maine, I am compiling my three lists to help remind me.
And now that they are published for the whole world to see there is no going back.
#1 I am hiking the Appalachian Trail because…
–If not now, when?
–I want to learn how to live simply.
–In today’s world everything is fast paced, and I think I will benefit from learning how to slow down and enjoy this life that I have been given.
–To challenge myself mentally and physically.
— For so long I’ve been reading stories in books of other people’s adventures and I think it’s ahout time I have my own.
–For so long I’ve felt trapped following societal rules and expectations, to please others by completing the path that you are “supposed to do” simply because it is what everyone does.
–I will get soOoOoOo many steps on my Fitbit.
–I want to see wild ponies (among other amazing wild life).
–Becoming exposed to such a raw and natural environment will help me learn more about myself, and who I want to be.
–Hiking the AT will force me to become comfortable with the unknown and things I cannot change.
–It will be a great story to tell.
#2 When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail I will…
–Be extremely proud of myself.
–Have more confidence in myself and my abilities.
–Hug my dog.
–Have millions of memories that will last a lifetime.
–Have a more appreciative understanding for things taken for granted on a daily basis.
–Be more comfortable with the unknown and things I cannot change.
–Be a BA who my family will brag about.
–Proved all of the haters wrong.
–Probably cry a lot.
–Have a better understanding of myself and my priorities.
–Have accomplished an amazing challenge.
#3 If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will…
–Never live it down.
–Disappoint myself and a lot of people rooting me on.
–Probably cry a lot.
–Proved all of the haters right.
–Doubt myself and my abilities.
–Be filled with regret for the rest of my life.
–Have to hear about how I wasted time when I could be advancing my career.
–Wear the cone of shame (you know, like Doug from the movie “UP”) for the rest of my life.
I am not being dramatic
I truly hope knowing that these looming accusations that are hanging over my head like a guillotine will allow me to push myself further and harder. I have fully invested myself, my time, and my money into this journey of a lifetime. However, I am not oblivious to the fact that merely one out of four thru-hikers completes the trail or that the percentage of a successful thru-hike is less than 30 percent. That is why, no matter how far I get, this time will not be considered a waste to me. I attempted to fulfill my dream, I will work my ass off to get as far as I can, and I will not be ashamed of that.
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