I was sitting at my desk talking with my coworker about the weekend when all of a sudden a bat comes out of nowhere and hits me in the head. I’m stunned and awakened at the same time wondering what the hell just happened. Stars invade my eyes, sweat starts to pool on my forehead and my mind is a fog. What just happened? That was life bashing me in the head, telling me to stop complaining and to start doing. My doing was hiking the CDT and here I am. Today, April 18th I pick up my pack, load up the car and start driving down to Deming, NM to start my journey on the CDT this Saturday. It can happen just like that.
It’s taken me a year to get to this point. A year to plan, save and prepare to hike the 3,000 miles across the Spine of America to Canada, where who knows who will show up. I know it will be me but, definitely not the same me. Over the last year I’ve gone through so many up and downs along the way. Over the last 2 months I’ve been challenged, but you know what… I’m still standing. I’m still here. What some people call the “Universe” has not stopped me. It’s made me do some weaving and bobbing but I’m still standing.
Today when I woke up I took my last shower, made my last breakfast and looked around my living room for the last time. I dropped my keys on the counter because I won’t need them anymore. All I will need is my pack on my back, shoes on my feet and a compass to point the way. Am I scared- hell yes. Am I excited- most definitely. Do I know that I’m doing the right thing? YES. I know I will make it because I have the will and the drive to make it and nothing will stop me. So here we go.
Now what are you going to do? You don’t have to do something like hike the CDT but tell me what will you do over the next 5 months that will scare you and make you change? Write in the comments below and let me hear it. Say what you are going to do and tell me why. Sometimes writing it down is all that you need to motivate you.