SUCCESS: the accomplishment of one’s goals; the attainment of position, honors, or the like
WIN: to finish first in a contest; to succeed by striving or effort
LOSE: to be without or fail to retain something so that it cannot be recovered
In our original plans for a big epic adventure, daughter and I were going to hike 340 miles of the Appalachian Trail in two months. We will not accomplish that goal on this trip…we won’t even come close. Compared to thru-hikers we are slow-moving wimps. And in failing to meet this specific goal, it cannot be recovered at a later time. Hmmm, by these definitions it sure looks like we have not met success, that we are losers rather than winners…
NOT TRUE! True success is reaching for a goal, learning and growing in the process.
After pondering for a number of days, we have decided that we are finished with this fall’s big adventure. We are headed home today, having hiked over 150 trail miles in six weeks. (AT miles do not include the distance to and from the trail to shelters, water sources, and resupply sites.) This decision was based on a number of factors including:
- Daughter is getting weary
- Multiple cold days and below-freezing nights are draining
- A good night’s sleep is no longer enough to start each day ache-free for me
- We miss family, friends, and pets back home
- We have lost the JOY of living and walking in beautiful surroundings, focused more on slogging through to the next shelter
- There is something poetic about starting near Waynesboro (PA) and finishing in Waynesboro (VA)
Looking back at our original goals (which you can read HERE), we have actually met most of them. This adventure has stretched us out of our comfort zones and, in the process, shown us how much we are capable of doing. We have loved living outdoors, enjoying the beauties of nature. We have met fascinating people and been encouraged by their stories. We can truly celebrate what we have accomplished. This adventure has definitely been a success!
Don’t worry…we still have many stories to share with you from our backpacking adventure. There will be more blog posts and photos in the coming weeks. And we will definitely return for further trail adventures next year!