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[pct-l] re: PCT-L Does anyone miss the trail?
- Subject: [pct-l] re: PCT-L Does anyone miss the trail?
- From: "Steven Dopp" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 09:15:53 -0400
>Recently I have been getting quite trail sick. A year ago from now I was =
>in the San Jacinto Mountains continuing my journey along the PCT. Not a =
>day goes by that I don't think of the trail at length. I am even able to =
>"replay" the trail visually, mentally seeing the layout of the trail as =
>it curves through mountains and distant valleys. It's honestly getting =
>to become quite an obsession.
I can't say I feel that way. Approx. 5 years ago, someone said something
to me, which was/is a trueism, which I found quite profound. It was from
quite an unexpected source. It amounted to "the secret of a happy life is
to keep everything in balance." I believe this is correct.
Do not let the trail throw your life "out of balance". Balance your desire
for long-distance hiking with the other important things you want to
accomplish. For example, don't sacrifice, say, the opportunity to have a
family, for a life of backpacking!
I used to feel a bit of what you describe when I lived in California. I
could cure it with a weekend overnighter or a week-long hike in the
Sierras. Later in, in my 30s, I developed a passion for volleyball. My
passion for volleyball was easily the equal of the passion you describe for
long distance hiking, so in this sense, I understand what you are talking
about. You could say that my life was out of balance. I had no family, I
had a job but had not saved any money. I was obsessed with volleyball and
physical conditioning to play volleyball. In fact, I hadn't even thought
much about the other things I wanted to accomplish in life.
So there you go. Figure out what you want in life, develop a plan to make
it happen, and never let short-term events deter you from implementing your
long-term goals. Easier said than done but it is essential.
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