Greetings fellow adventurers! As someone who has a love for the outdoors and a natural tendency to wander, I have often found myself both mentally and physically lost in the woods. Lucky for me, the AT is one of the most well-traveled and well-marked trails in the world, so hopefully I can focus more on the mental wandering with lots of time for self-reflection and serious contemplation about life. Thru hiking the AT is something that I’ve dreamed of doing for a long time and I eventually realized that now is my time to do it! With that, I present to you: My Lists.
I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because…
- I want this to be a big accomplishment that I will be proud of for the rest of my life.
- It is one of the few things that I will have done solely for my own happiness.
- I want to know what complete freedom feels like.
- I want to prove that women in the outdoors can be just as strong, independent, and successful as men.
- It is time for a change of pace in my life to reevaluate what I want for my future.
When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail I will…
- Be extremely proud of myself and what I accomplished.
- Know that I can push past my own limits and surpass other’s expectations of me.
- Not have any doubts or hesitations about following my dreams.
- Commemorate the end of a long and rewarding journey with a dance party…everyone is invited.
If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will…
- Be a very, very sad person.
- Question my ability to accomplish other large goals for the future.
- Be embarrassed.
- Have to face the shame of telling people I couldn’t do it.
- Reinforce people’s skepticism about my ability to complete it.
P.S. I am REALLY excited!!!
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