It's the weirdest feeling, packing everything up to move, without a new place to move to or no physical address to call my own. Livin' on the go is about to be my new *chosen* way of life. I know this is crazy to some of you, but to me, it just makes sense. For so long I have imagined a life where things seem to move closer to the pace that I set, away farther from the general pace with which society relies on, and is becoming so increasingly frantic, and fast paced. For too long now I have been feeling like a product of our society, just a general statistic or demographic, that I can not escape from. I have always considered myself the type of person to be sort of 'different minded', yet still have always felt trapped by the comforts of my surroundings, and never really branching out and getting out of my comfort zone. Well finally, I am about to take those first steps towards living a life as I imagined it for MYSELF. If I want to live the life of travel, and experience new things, well then I need to travel further than the places I am comfortable or familiar with. If I want to meet people that are 'like-minded' then I need to get out and mingle with people who hike, or play music, or live freely and want to enjoy their time on this planet more than slave towards paycheck to paycheck.
I hope I am not offending anyone, I do not discriminate or judge you for whatever type of lifestyle you are leading.I am glad you are happy, and if you are not, I truly hope you can pinpoint what it is that DOES make you happy, and go for it, make the best of it.
I only know what is going to make me happy, and I am taking a huge chance at making it a reality. I am going to adapt, and play my hand no matter how the cards are dealt. I am putting the worries of finances, traffic, politics, societal trends, and general displeasure's on the back-burner. I am doing what I can to eliminate those things in life which make me the most unhappy, by doing something that makes me happier than anything else. I am very fortunate that there is a culture in the world that embraces, encourages, and supports one another in leading this type of life.
I know long-distance hiking is not for the majority of you. Neither is being away from your car, job, bed, home, friends, family, video games, restaurants, internet, computers blah blah blah..... But for me, I think I can find a way to balance all the things that matter to me most, while continuing to expand on the places I have been, the new friendships I will, and the experiences I will gain. This will make me a happier, and more confident with my place in this universe. And in return, I will become a better Son, Grandson, Brother, Uncle, Friend, Cousin, Boyfriend, and human in general. I hope to find myself by losing myself on this trail, and to be comfortable and confident with who I am. I really cant wait to get on the trail, it is going to be a huge change that I am SO ready to start on.