Sweating the small stuff
I’ve struggled with what to write since my last post. There’s so many things I could write about, but they either seem like things that others have already written about better than I ever could, or things that just aren’t that interesting or relevant to the Appalachian Trial community. That’s a bit how I’m feeling about my thru-hike at the moment…a little disorganized and overwhelmed.
I’m a major fan of lists. I will definitely forget things if I don’t have a list. So I’ve made lots of lists for the trail – why I want to hike, gear, budget, pre-hike life stuff I need to take care of, such as figuring out where we’re going to store our stuff for 6+ months, etc, etc. The problem I am having is that none of my lists are compete. I don’t love loose ends, and it feels like there’s so many! Most of them are simple, like what kind of socks I am going to make a final decision on, but others are bigger – what are we going to do about health insurance?
I have read and found “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” a very useful book, but sometimes hard to implement. I’ve been preparing for thru-hiking for a long time, and REALLY don’t want to fail, and for some reason not being organized makes me a little afraid that I will fail. A lot of people are asking about the detail of my hike – what are we going to eat? How often are we going to resupply? What are we doing with our car? How are we getting to the trailhead? I have answers to some of those questions, but every question I don’t have the answer to makes me feel a little panicked.
I’m so grateful to be a part of the Appalachian Trials community so I can see what other hikers are doing about all the details of planning and executing a thru-hike, and put all this “small stuff” into perspective when I start to spiral into a minor panic about something. Everyone figures out what works for them, and sometimes you figure it out along the way. I just have to remember, that’s part of the adventure!
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Hey, Mischa, sometimes you just have to throw the list away and hit the trail. Luckily, there will be plenty of places to pick up anything you might have left behind. However, if you’re like me, it’s more likely you’ll be sending stuff home, lol!
Good luck and I hope I see you guys on the Trail.
BTW, I know a Michi who pronounces her name the same as you.
Hey! My husband and I are thru-hiking the AT this year as well. I totally understand where you are coming from, as a lover of lists and organization myself! I’m getting pretty overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done in the next month and a half before we leave! We’re starting March 14. When are you and Caleb starting? Good luck with the to-do list! Hope to see you on the trail 🙂