So many things have changed in my life over the last 7 years, there have been a lot of ups and downs. A lot of struggles, and a lot of trials. I can’t really explain why I have decided to hike the 2,650 miles of the PCT next year, but what I can say is I just feel deeply called to put my feet on this trail and walk. I have been though the statistics, and know the completion rate is low, the terrain unforgiving, the climate changes extreme. At the end of the day it’s just something I feel I need to do, like breathing.
I thought a lot about if I should do the PCT, Te Araroa, AT, or the CDT first. In the end California is my home in this country, and it just feels more organic to have my hike start where my roots are from, and where I have been based out of for most of my life. I can’t say that all 4 trails don’t appeal to me, because they definitely all do for very different reasons which I will share in the months ahead. The decision is clear though, the PCT just feels right, for this hike I want to be in my own backyard.
I recently read an article about Warren Buffet. In the article he spoke of the one habit that successful people foster, which is that they say no to almost everything. Last year I struggled with saying NO to some circumstances, and people (who were often well meaning, but not helpful) that I found very draining. Thankfully this year is going differently! I am saying No when I need to, and to things that don’t leave joy in my heart. No is as important as Yes, and for me right now maybe more important. Focusing on what fills my Tank, and saying YES to integrating those key things into my life on a daily basis is what counts, and where my energy is directed. Saying No to people and situations that are draining, not grounded, not inspired, and that don’t leave me smiling.
Yin and Yang is about balance, internal balance. It is about cultivating the spaces that you live in, and making sure they help you feel nurtured, teach you to grow, and help you stay balanced. I am committed to exploring wonderful people, experiences, and adventures that bring me into balance with myself, and that help me move forward toward my dreams. In some sense this hike is very much about me taking the bull by horns, and deepening that balance and strength within me. It’s also about me reaching out and exploring all the unknown beauty around me that speaks to me, while meeting other like minded people who feel the same pull to nature. There is a simple truth in nature, and a depth I just don’t find anywhere else.
In the end this journey is about me learning to trust my brain and body again. To recenter in that strength, learn to let go, and move forward into this moment with no more regrets. The PCT is where I want to bury and let go of the concussion that took 75% of memory and 6 years of my life. This trail is where I want to prove to myself that I am ready to start writing the next book of my life, closing the last chapter of this book and finally moving forward.
I don’t expect this journey to be easy. I expect to be challenged constantly, to have to overcome my fears on a sometimes second by second basis. There will be mountains to scale, and rivers to cross. Sunny days, and rainy days where I have to hike through mud sometimes along high mountain passes. I expect to wake up to sunrises I will never forget, and laugh with new friends I will know for the rest of my life.
It’s definitely taken me some time to get to the point where I was comfortable with posting all this publicly. I am usually a bit introverted about my thoughts, but sharing the journey of life is a good thing, and maybe one of the most important things we have to offer each other.
Who would have thought climbing around the Rocky Mountains in Canada last summer would have lead to me hiking the PCT? One thing is always leading you to another in life, and it’s funny how that works out.
A lot more content to come in months ahead as I have already started buying gear, and will be starting to share my reviews soon!
Thanks for joining me on the adventure of a lifetime! I am really excited for this journey, all it’s sweetness, and without a doubt all the challenges that will come with it. I know there will be some laughing and crying, but that’s life. It’s good to be alive!
In the mountains, and on the trail of life.
Inspire me with breathe, which holds quantum duality.
Inspire me with movements made of granite, that leave a bleeding trail of truth behind.
Inspire me with wisdom that understands strengths partner, is weakness.
Inspire me with depth, which is always framed in bravery, and hung on high mountain passes.
Inspire me with what your willing to learn, while simultaneously refusing to ever quit.
Tomorrow when I wake up and stand in front of the mirror, Inspire Me.