Procrastinators Unite…. Tomorrow!
I Believe Introductions Are in Order
Hey guys! My name is Beth, and my husband Jordan and I make up the hiking duo Harper’s Tarry. We are starting our thru hike from Springer Mountain in just a few days. I am so excited to be blogging for the class of 2016! I spent weeks mulling over the idea of submitting to write for Appalachian Trials and at the last minute decided to pull the trigger, so…. bam! Here we are.
I can’t believe that we are driving to Georgia the day after tomorrow. In typical fashion, I have put off pretty much every important thing on my to-do list until the last minute. I’m sure tomorrow night I will be frantically running around the house making sure everything is in
chaos order. For now, I am content to just sit here and watch the sunset while my eyes glaze over and wonder what vitally important thing I have forgotten.
And The Real Reason You’re All Here Folks…. Without Further Ado
Let’s be honest. I read Appalachian Trials about 2 years ago. I know Zach was very adamant about dropping everything immediately and writing down the three lists:
- I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because…
- When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail I will…
- If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will…
So naturally, I just kept right on reading (what can I say, I’m a rebel). There was plenty of time for me to confront my true feelings and commit to writing why I really wanted to hike the trail. However, I knew this was a matter of utmost importance, so I got to it right away and wrote it down last week. In all seriousness though, I think I was putting it off because once I wrote it down it was real. Anyway, here it goes.
I am thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail because:
- I need to satisfy a calling to do something epic and memorable.
- To know and test the limits of my body and mental fortitude.
- It is the only opportunity to spend this much time with Jordan probably before we retire.
- To experience life as it was meant to be: work hard during the day, and go to bed with the sun.
- To be a part of the trail community
- To meet people with a similar drive and passion from all over the country and world; develop friendships and relationships.
- To live simply.
- To refocus my mind and spirit.
- To figure out what I want to do next.
When I successfully thru-hike the Appalachian Trail I will:
- Know that I have the strength mentally, physically, and emotionally to withstand any trial
- Have gained invaluable life skills and confidence
- Have innumerable stories: memories of love, friendships, and struggle, as well as anecdotes of my ineptitude
- Have a new perspective on priorities and needs.
- Have killer calf muscles.
- Get an awesome AT tattoo!
- Get to call myself a Thru Hiker! A privilege few will attain.
If I give up on the Appalachian Trail I will:
- Prove everyone right who thinks I can’t do it.
- Have to go back to work sooner than I planned.
- Won’t be able see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (my promise to Jordan if I quit, because I am dying to see it!)
- Feel embarrassed about all the people I told about the hiking the trail.
- Feel like I won’t ever be able to accomplish something BIG.
- Probably never be as physically fit as I would like to be.
- Have given up a HALF A YEAR salary and thus delayed paying off student loans, buying house, and starting a family for nothing.
- Left friends, family, a comfortable life, and an awesome church group for nothing.
- Let Jordan down.
- Let myself down.
Well there you have it. See you up the trail!
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