Some things, no matter how crazy, are the right things to do. I put in my resignation at work a couple weeks ago, even though I really like my job. Today was my last day, for a while. I’m taking the summer off to pursue life; to, as some have suggested, live the dream. I’m going on a 500-mile hike through the Colorado mountains. And after that I’m taking a few weeks to go back to my childhood home to spend some time with family and probably a few old friends.
I get it. Not everyone can do this. There are weighty financial obligations, the uncertainty of employment options, anxious family members, and the falling out from what might be considered “the norm”.
But, you know what? On my way out the door today at work I had more expressions of envy than any other reaction. I had some “take me with you” comments. I had some “I need to do something like that” remarks. I even had a couple “you lucky bastard, run while you can” statements. And I definitely had some “we’ll miss you” sentiments, which was really nice. All of this was a strong confirmation that I’ve made the right decision. I’m encouraged more than ever.
I am, in fact, one of the lucky ones (if there is such a thing as ‘luck’). I am financially set to do this. I have the resounding support of friends. My community of friends think this is the coolest thing, almost normal. And most important of all, I have a wife and family who are incredibly supportive – even if they don’t completely understand my love of backpacking – and even if they might be a bit and understandably anxious about my ambitions. Call me blessed, because I am in so many ways. And because I am blessed, I want to make the most of the 86,400 seconds of every day.
Next week I’ll do a shake-down hike in the Lost Creek Wilderness Area. This is a hike that helps me determine final adjustments to the contents of my backpack and the routines of trail life. I’ll keep a journal and take pictures, as always. And I’m sure I’ll come back with some gems to take with me when I leave for the big hike in July.
Please stay tuned. My full expectation is that this will be a transformational few months in my life. I can’t wait to tell you about it!
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