A life worth looking back on

I know these introductions are very cringe-worthy, repetitive, and could be classified as small talk that in reality, doesn’t capture anyone’s attention. So, ill say it as concise and entertaining as possible. 

I turned 28 years old 4 days ago and like many people on their birthdays I was feeling a bit down. Feeling like my life was a big unaccomplished mess and I was wandering around the earth without a sense of purpose or direction (obviously a little bit overdramatic here, but that’s how it kinda felt) Until my cousin called me. Right away he noticed my attitude and decided to proceed with a very inspirational speech about my life and accomplishments. Following that conversation, I began reflecting and realizing he was completely right. 

In a society measured by career success and an accumulation of possession, it’s hard not to compare, to feel inadequate, to feel a step behind everyone else. But what it fails to recognize is the friendships you’ve made along the way, the experiences you’ve lived, and the impact you’ve had on everyone around you. 

So today and every other day I choose to ignore society’s metrics. I choose to reflect on my travels, my family, and my good fortune of health and opportunities. 

This process, to constantly remind myself to not compare or give in to society’s standards is difficult, but it would be a lot harder to succumb to that pressure and live with myself knowing I wanted something different.

In the end, I want to live a life that I will enjoy and smile when I look back on it.

My name is Marcelo, I’ve recently quit my corporate job and now pursuing my dream to hike the PCT


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Comments 4

  • John Wilson : Feb 9th

    Hooray! You are wise beyond your years. As a 73 year old, I envy your outlook. Happy trails, my friend.

    • Marcelo Vargas : Feb 9th

      Thank you!

  • Russ1663 : Feb 9th

    You are on the right path, dont calendars rule your life. Nature has a way to clear your mind. I’m 71 planning an AT section hike for my 72nd birthday.

    • Marcelo Vargas : Feb 9th

      That’s amazing and really inspiring! keep us posted on how it goes!


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