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I’m off tomorrow, away for a bit. Doing something I’ve never done before – wild camping, far out. I’ve spent most of my life indoors, not being allowed to have my own independence, so my experiences are limited. I’m looking forward to it, but at the same time, I’m not.

I’ve been really slacking, not having the motivation to do much in general (which includes writing this post, took quite a bit of energy to) and get packing and sort out my room before I leave, so I’ve left it to the last minute. This is really stressful.

The long hikes I’ll be taking might drain me pretty quickly, since I’m not used to long-distance walking. What’s more frustrating is that I have back, shoulder and foot pains and have no idea where they’ve come from. I’ll try to persevere regardless.

It’s a good way to just… get away for a while, take a break, away from my usual city and everyone. When I return, I’ll have to face reality again… the reality of failing, not knowing what to do with my life in the next year and whether my family will accept my choice to take the year out. Whether they’ll believe that these issues are more than just a phase, that it’s debilitating enough for me to not be able to progress onto the next year. These thoughts are tiring to think about, so when I’m gone, I’m going to block these out and get the most out of the experience for the first time.


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KoneWone 8/8/2017 - 2:12 am

A great plan! Enjoy the outdoors and hope it helps to still your thoughts 🙂

MarinM 8/8/2017 - 8:22 pm

This is an amazing idea, nothing heals like nature.

I hope you enjoy your break, and remember to drink a LOT of water! This is especially important for avoiding fatigue, which we are more vulnerable to the more we sweat. Also, whenever you take a break from walking, take off your pack, even if you’re just stopping for a few minutes. You’ll be surprised how much it helps revitalize you, taking off your pack for a bit.

Hats with sun brims and sun glasses actually do quite a bit to help with fatigue when hiking in the summer. People stranded out at sea are always exhausted even though they sit in a boat all day (and have some food and water), I’ve read this is because the sun reflected off the water is magnified quite a bit, and sunshine (though lovely, and full of vitamin D) is believe it or not quite draining on us. You won’t realize how much you squint and frown from the sun (and how wearying that is) until you hike all day in the summer without a hat and sunglasses, and then another day with hat and sunglasses.

You’re doing an amazing thing, and I hope you find the peace you are looking for. Good job going through with this, and I hope packing goes well. Packing is one of those things that makes me cancel trips all the time, because I hate it so much. So, good luck with that, and enjoy your trip! 🙂

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