Counting down

Canceling my monthly train pass this morning, it dawned on me — as it has been for a while — that I’m really doing this.

Thinking about standing at mile marker zero on the summit of Springer Mountain in March, I can’t help but ponder over the things I’m about to leave behind: my wife, extended family, a comfortable home, and a successful career.

I’ve also come to realize that no amount of AT guidebooks or trail maps are going to prepare me for the emotionally challenging times that lay ahead.

I read an interesting quote earlier this week, a tidbit of a phrase that resonated deeply: life begins where your comfort zone ends.

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