I am Thru Hiking the Appalachian Trail!!!!!!!!!!
I don’t remember the day or the time that I decided to commit to thru hiking the Appalachian Trail, but it grew from an idea that I needed more adventure in my life. As I have got older, I have begun to understand what I want and it’s not always what others want for themselves or me. I want a collection of life experiences, a mind full of memories, bad being as important as good, I want to find ‘my people’ as well as find myself and the Appalachian Trail just fuelled my fire to want to live my life more vigorously. I remember being very selective with who I told first, mostly people who knew nothing about the trail, in fact had never heard of it, therefore not being able to judge whether I had the ability to do it. The closer to me the person was the harder it was to tell, from the outside I don’t look like a hiker or adventurer, chubby, girly and homey is what you see, but what you can’t see is the sheer stubbornness and determination in my heart: I don’t Quit!
I have been amazed at everyone’s responses, so far, not once has anyone questioned whether I can do it or not, most have been more supportive than I could have dreamed of. People’s reactions have been a mixture of thinking ‘you are simply out of your mind, but good on you’ to ‘I have this ridiculously large torch you can borrow’, both of which have often overwhelmingly warmed my heart. I know not everyone will ‘get it’ and I am under no illusion that everybody will think this is an adventure of a lifetime, some will think it’s a frivolous waste of money and time, others may think it’s irresponsible to abandon my career and perhaps if I had a do over I would have started this adventure much earlier in life, but I don’t have a do over, this is my life and this is what I need to do to make me a better person, family member, friend, and role model.