When I started to plan this adventure I was desperately unhappy. I had lost my fight, my drive, my enthusiasm and love of life. I couldn’t wait to get home from work so that I could spend a solid 10 hours not seeing or speaking to anyone and although I had chosen the solitude, I was horribly lonely. I knew things needed to change but couldn’t decipher which part of my life needed the revamp. The more I reflected on it the more I realised every part of my life was interwoven, changing one thing wasn’t an option- hence the Apalachain Trail idea was born. I could change so many things is one foul swoop, it was and still is the perfect plan.
As soon as I had a focus, an end game and a plan my life began to change. I felt proud when I talked to people, I began spending time outdoors, adventure seeking, dragging friends along with me. I started dancing, something I never thought I would do again, which all started to mend the unhappiness. I laughed, cried and tapped my little feet more and more until now, a year on, I’m having to let it all go, leave it behind and it’s heartbreaking. I know that without the Appalachian Trail there is no way I would of pushed myself in this way which is why I remain whole heartedly committed to the challenge, but it does not make the farewells to family and friends, any easier.
The trail is bringing out the best in not just me but everyone around me. The kind words, support, new and old friendships I have formed feel rock solid, thank you, thank you, thank you, I am taking you all on the trail with me, like our or not!!