You’re never too old
When I was very young
You are never too busy or too old to have an adventure.
My dad always instilled in me and my siblings that you must always have a job. you don’t change jobs because you stay with a company for ever. Short vacations are ok but long extended periods were not. Now I am not faulting my dad because he was a hard worker and raised all of us to be good responsible individuals. He worked for Pet Dairy for 55 years.
So from the time I was 12 years old I was always in a mode to make money. Whether it was mowing lawns, washing my aunts car, or selling coat hangers I had collected from the neighbors to the local dry cleaners I always had funds coming in because my dad said always have a job.
It was 1969, 2 years out of high school, no plans yet to go to college, I was working in Nashville making probably $2.00 per hour. I had no real responsibilities other than working for my job like my dad said to do.
Woodstock was getting ready to happen. I had a car as did my two room mates and they wanted us to go to Woodstock. But you know what, I couldn’t go because I had to fucking work! I could have easily quit my $2.00 an hour job and had a great adventure. Jobs were plentiful and I was only 19.
In 1973 I was in school at Vanderbilt, working on campus, and painting houses with a friend to make money. Since I waited 6 years to start college most of my friends were grad students my age and not young freshmen. They all liked to camp and hike weekends mostly in the Smokies Cades Cove. I missed out on a lot of these trips because I had to work like my dad said to do.
Just do it
So I guess there are several points I want to make here. First is that if you don’t do it now your chances get slimmer and slimmer as the years go by. There are very few reasons why you can’t block out 6 months of your life and go hiking. The jobs, family, girl friend, and pets will be there when you get back. If your girl friend can’t wait 6 months for you maybe she isn’t right for you. So just do it.
Second point is that I have waited til I am 67 years old to take an adventure like this. I have retired twice and I know the job I am working now will be there when I get back or there will be another one like it.
I have been planning this AT hike for 8 months and am ready to leave Springer on June 2 this year. Looking back I should have done this years ago but I also realize you are never too old for an adventure.
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