After a short 12 mile day yesterday I fell asleep early evening. Possibly it was the 6 serving instant mashed potatoes but likely I am still feeling the lingering effects from being sick . Today I didn’t stress about leaving early or making big miles but ended up at a leisurely pace going 17 miles on relatively easy terrain , possibly the easiest of the trail to date. I ran into Forever from the Forever Waiting duo. ( two females, one name Forever because she takes forever and the other named Waiting because she was always waitin,g) Apparently Waiting got tired of waiting and moved on. I could tell Forever was having a tough time finding her way alone. I hope she doesnt quit. Later when I got to a shelter, in walked Waiting with her boyfriend who was visiting for a time. Awkward.
Everyday I hike I think about friends and family. Often I labor over the past. In my mind I do the what if’s and if only’s yet it doesn’t seem to change anything. Sometimes I think about what my life will be like after this pilgrimage and how I wish to be, what I want to do. And I think about what Thruhikingthrulife means to me.
Thruhikingthrulife for me means living like I hike. Specifically this means:
Leave a small footprint .
HYO Hike your own hike
When your mood turns sour look up and realize you are likely climbing.
Stay positive on the up hill and don’t worry when the down hill is tougher than the up hill.
No regrets, none
Smile at the trees, they dont hate you when they don’t smile back
Up hill is good for the heart, down hill is bad for the knees
Let it go, man, let it go
I expect my list will grow…
Or maybe it will get shorter