“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau
Do you have a dream or desire that you’ve buried in your heart? Perhaps it has been there for years or decades but you do not think it is pragmatic to pursue. Yet you keep the dream and pull it out every now and then in a moment of whimsy and think, “Maybe someday.” Can you relate to this?
In 1998 I read a book called Walking The Appalachian Trail by Larry Luxenberg. This was a wonderful book written by a man on his second thru hike of the Appalachian Trial. Shortly after that I read Bill Brysons’, A Walk In The Woods. I found myself with wanderlust; dreaming of being outdoors and enjoy nature and the challenges it provides.
Around that time a friend became interested in backpacking so we went to REI, bought some gear and went on a few overnight trips. Then my backpack and all the equipment sat in my closet. I couldn’t let the equipment go; I still dreamed of hiking the AT one day. I went through a home foreclosure and homelessness yet I couldn’t get myself to part with the equipment (I kept it stored in a small storage shed while homeless).
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