It’s Become Real | Seven Weeks Out

First off, I’m sorry I neglected to write recently. Life has kinda just been flying by lately. It’s been so beautiful out in Michigan that we’ve been enjoying the early spring weather. The dog is shedding like crazy, even though it’s supposed to snow in two days. I didn’t post last week because writing was so difficult. This led to a terrible post that I didn’t feel worthy of uploading. This week I honestly was so focused in on my workweek and getting to my day off that I forgot that yesterday was Monday.

The Weight of the Moment

Things have finally started to feel different. It’s becoming real. I am leaving to hike for six months in under two months. Before now it kind of just felt like a dream. Even the preparation and exercise and gear buying all felt fake, like it was just for some abstract thought out in a daydream of a daydream. And now we’re seven weeks away from me chasing that dream.

I’ve been spending my time trying to make all the moments count with my dog, husband, and roommate. The time I spend with them feels different. It’s like each passing moment has a physical weight. Each minute of usual, mundane activity feels special. Going to the grocery store and joking around feels like a first date. Each time my dog snuggles up with me, I make an effort to pay attention to how warm she makes me, or how much she loves me. That way, when I miss her, I can imagine I’m giving her all the belly rubs.

Time with my husband has been interesting. There are moments where we will just stop and look at each other, knowing that we’re going to miss doing the dishes together, or making dinner, or bathing the dog. When I’m playfully annoying the crap out of him and I retort, “You’re going to miss me when I’m gone!” Of course he will. Of course I will.

I have been simultaneously trying to speed time up and slow time down. To make Campo get here faster, but to get more quality time with my favorite people. It’s become incredibly apparent to me, now, that I will step on a plane on April 19, and not see my better half, my best friend, my support, my husband for 21 weeks.

Thank You!

Also, a huge thank you to family friend Bob Scweitzer! With your help I am officially done saving for my 2018 Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike! It is kind souls like you who make this world a better place. A preemptive shout-out to all you trail angels as well for your considerable kindness!

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