|Trail scenery at the park.|
I live near a part of the AT and spend a lot of time in a park there. I've taken small jaunts along it there in the park where it's pretty easy. I've also hiked a wee bit of it in search of a letterbox (future blog topic perhaps) with a friend. This wee bit kicked butt with its steepness. After finding the box and going back down, finding it harder than going up, I had the epiphany that the AT and I would never have a long term relationship; that little preview, brutal as it was, showed me the AT would never have the patience for fat, frumpy me with my noodle-like calf muscles and chafe-prone thighs. I definitely wasn't its type. Sigh...
I didn't think you could just cross something off a Bucket List. Standing there panting, feeling the burn in my legs, I said to my friend, "I used to think I would hike the whole trail one day. But you know what? **** it." That is how the **** It List came about. So a little juggling of mental files and the AT Hike swooshed out of the one list into the other! No stress, no obligation, just the freedom to meander along gentle, frumpy woman-friendly bits of the trail.
And now, before I run off to finally pack for the trip/rescue mission, I leave you with a wish: that you too find power over the Bucket List and the freedom to create your own **** It List. Bye for now!