Movin’ Ahead So Life Won’t Pass Me By
Who Am I?
My name is Caleb. I am 21 years old (22 when I hit the trail), and I am just a typical dude almost out of college longing for an adventure. I have always loved adventuring, traveling, and doing outdoor stuff such as running, hiking, biking, and camping. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy indoor activities, I am a huge movie junkie and I am obsessed with the NBA. Also, I am basic and love The Office, and my guilty pleasure is binge-watching Family Guy. I currently work at the Civic Center in my hometown, saving up money before I hit the trail this April!
Why Am I Hiking?
I am a soon-to-be graduate from Southeast Missouri State University. Thinking about graduating college is incredible, but also intimidating. If I wasn’t attempting the Appalachian Trail this April, I would be absolutely terrified, because, as unfortunate as it is, I still don’t really know what the crap I want to do with my life. College was supposed to show me that, but apparently I am a late bloomer in that department. I switched my major to social sciences last year when I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher for the rest of my life, and when I found out that this meant I could graduate a semester earlier than planned (December 2019) the thought of attempting a traditional NOBO thru-hike was etched into my brain and has been there ever since.
I have been preparing to hike this dang trail for over a year now, and even after a year of planning, researching, and dreaming, I still feel just as excited, if not more, as I did when I first decided I wanted to attempt it in October of last year. That right there is the biggest reason why I am doing this trek. I have never felt so passionate about anything in my life until I decided I was going to hike this trail. The fact that this burning motivation is still here after a year assures me that I must do this. This is not an impulsive decision from a temporary passion. I am known for those. I will get on a minimalist kick and clean my room and sell clothes for about a week or so, and then I am back to my normal, somewhat messy self. I will buy healthy food and eat like a nutrition angel for a week, and then lose motivation and go back to eating fast food and chips. This Appalachian Trail kick has been going strong for approximately 56 weeks now, so I think it’s safe to say that I need to do this.
Now We Wait
It would be foolish not to listen to this feeling, this obsession. I will graduate college in December, so I am already in a transitional period of my life. I have already obtained 95% of my gear. Basically, the only thing left to do now is wait for April 7 to come. Only 134 days left to go, but who’s counting?
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