Life changes when one takes on a “big epic.” A significant part of adventure is moving out of one’s comfort zone. Obviously, during that time frame, life is different than the usual routines of home. However, with most good epics, some changes are longer lasting. They continue even after returning back to “normal” life. Here are some of the things we lost…and found…on our backpacking adventure on the Appalachian Trail earlier this fall.
- Fears (of snakes, of spiders, of walking in rain, of the dark, of getting lost!!)
- Long to-do lists
- “Need” for lots of “stuff” (except books…we still need books…)
- Weight (if you find it somewhere, please don’t send it back…)
- Tastebuds (everything tastes great when you are starving and tired at the end of a long day of hiking…fortunately we have regained these now that we are home!)
- Need to be in control of even small details (okay, so this is an ongoing battle…)
- Outdoor Skills (reading a topo map, making a campfire, pitching a tent, and more)
- Perseverance (gotta keep walking until there’s a flat place to camp!)
- Muscles (and hip bones…who knew I actually have hip bones?! HA!)
- New Friends
- Attitude of partnership and companionship between daughter and me
- Enjoyment in simple pleasures
- Ability to reframe frustrations by choosing a different attitude
- Need for regular exercise (We are working hard to not lose this one again. Hubby asked this morning what I had planned for the day. I was shocked to hear myself say that I *needed* to get out and walk, that I was feeling jittery without exercise. What a stunning change from the couch-potato I was before this hike!)
We look forward to returning to the Appalachian Trail for another long-distance adventure. (Is it spring yet?!) We want to reinforce the attitudes and life skills we found this fall.
Have you taken on the challenge of a “Big Epic” recently? What things were lost and found for YOU along the way??