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My advice: fear less, love more, and go backpacking.

My advice: fear less, love more, and go backpacking.

I am leaving for a three-day backpacking expedition today.

For some this might seem untroublesome; others might be thinking I am a little kooky. I find myself agreeing with the latter. If you don’t know what the term “backpacking” encompasses, imagine going camping for three days but everything you take with you must be carried on your back. That’s right. Everything. Did I mention I am extremely nervous?

If you’re like me, you’re probably asking yourself: why do people do this? I’ve heard some do it to get away from the chaos of life; being alone in the wild helps them reconnect with themselves and with God. Others like the meticulous quality of the sport; having to calculate every meal in advance and trying to minimize their supplies to create the lightest pack. Still, others are just outdoor(sie) and prefer sleeping in a hammock rather than their own bed (I personally don’t understand these people).

Sunrise over the mountain-forest was gorgeous - Aurora brushing out her golden tresses with a comb of dark-needled pine and bare-limbed oak.
— ― J. Aleksandr Wootton, The Eighth Square

I am not going for any of these reasons.

The reason I have decided to carry around a +40lbs pack with all my essentials for three-day survival in the middle of nowhere, is because I never have. It sounds simple because it is simple. I recently heard someone say that people today are so worried about dying that they forget to live first. I refuse to be one of those people.

I have never put my life at risk this way. I have never carried a three-day supply of food, water, clothes, and toilet paper with me as I hike through the unknown. I have never slept in a hammock all night or hung my supplies from a tree to keep the wildlife from getting to my food. I have never turned my phone off for three days straight and I have never been so disconnected from others that if I screamed for 'help,' nobody would hear me. I have never done any of these things, but in three days I can say I have.

To travel is to live.
— - Hans Christian Andersen

Life is short is a pithy saying we often double-click on Instagram and keep scrolling. However, if you were to read that statement honestly, what would you do? Within the infinity of time we have been given this thread of life to do something.

 

My advice: fear less, love more, and go backpacking.

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