Ready to Embrace The Suck
Hello world! Well, “small community of equally crazy people who think living in the woods for 6 months sounds like a solid life decision.” I answer to Katie, or KT, or Penny (when the whisky kicks in). If you’re reading this then I have officially put in my notice to leave a great job, my dream city, and all of my friends.
“What kind of cold-hearted fool would do that?” you ask.
*Slowly raises hand*
To be honest, it feels like the right time (deep answer, I know), but I think more importantly it feels wrong not to go. I need an adventure like the AT to come out a better person on the other end. Smelly, but better. I think I owe that to myself and the people in my life – the being a better person part, not smelling bad.
I’ve been skydiving, lit on fire (on purpose & on accident), and I’m typically doing something that makes my mom super nervous – so hiking the AT is right on par. Speaking of, I haven’t told my mom yet. It’s probably cool if I just show up at her house right before my start date wearing my backpack and smile, right?
I’m going to try and laugh my way through freezing nights, endless rain, aches, pains, and pooping in the woods. Because if you really think about it, pooping in the woods is pretty funny. So, like an idiot, I’ll be starting my NOBO in 2017 where I’ll be walking alone to get eaten by mosquitos, probably cry while talking to squirrels, and smell similar to a fresh sewer – but hopefully see some amazing things along the way! This is going to suck.
AND I CAN’T WAIT TO EMBRACE THE SUCK.
Next step: I have to break the news to my cats that I’ll be driving them across the country from Texas in a loud car where they’ll have to poop in a small box that I sneak into cheap motels. I’m sure they won’t mind. Well, maybe I just won’t tell them.
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