Hiker High Fives
I decided on the title “High Fives for Hikers” because I really think that the whole world should be like the Appalachian Trail. I found fuel for my miles in the OFFLINE social network that is embraced by the hikers of the AT. On the AT, everyone talks to everyone. We might not ever get anything done, but I really wish the whole world was like this. So, I figure, if we’re not all going to stop and chat with each other, we may as well high-five.
Here’s the Story
My purpose in creating a blog has twisted, skewed and disappeared many times. I love to write and I love to be outside–that, for me, creates a perfect combination.
In the summer of 2015 I spent a month on the Appalachian trail, and I pretty much never shut up about that experience. When I was out there, I wrote in a journal every night, and for the first time ever, I was writing for something other than an assignment in a course.
During the months that followed, I published five blog posts and I enjoyed it immensely. I stopped for a couple of reasons:
- The only people who read my blog were my family and friends. I thought this was purposeless.
- My life as I knew it began to fall apart. I didn’t know what I could share without outing myself.
- I was living in the middle of Tennessee. The mountains I wanted to climb were hours away. I let distance get in the way.
I’ve not always been a happy person. Despite having a wonderful family, I have walked around the world in confusing amounts of pain. Part of my ability to put my pain in the past is directly related to being outside.
On days that I decide to go into the woods, I walk out as a new person, even more excited about life than I was before. Being outside lights me up, sharing my experiences is just the icing on the cake.
If I give one person the power to get outside that will be enough! TRULY.
Meet you on the trails!