Going Minimal: Preparing for the End
I love having only the bare essentials.
An Effort to Ward Off Post-Trail Depression
The Life-Changing Magic
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I have recently started on a minimalism journey as well and I’ve already been feeling the mental/emotional benefits! My goal is to have so few possessions that my apartment can’t possibly be cluttered, no matter what. It feels great to come home to a clutter-free, clean apartment, and I have so much more time/mental head-space for more important things.
Two points…1) less is always more until there is nothing left. And 2) thru hiker depression is based on a combination of suddenly not getting the same amount of daily exercise the body has become accustom to (endorphin withdrawal): finding yourself back into a world where everyday life decisions are a little more complicated as oftentimes these decisions may impact others (responsibilities); realizing how narcissistic folks can sometimes be (truly amazing); and with a hiker appetite over eating is oftentimes a factor too. In short, you will still be vulnerable to post hike depression regardless of what is awaiting at home. Nothing to fear though as it is well worth the price of admission to a wonderful experience.
Minimalism and light weight hiking often share a common theme. It is easier in the long run to endure a little hardship than always have what one needs at his/her disposal. This is because it takes too much effort (or money) to either store all of these things necessary for life’s surprises or the will (strength) to hall everything one might desire through the woods on one’s back.