AT Happiness: Reflections on Happiness

AT Happiness: Reflections on Happiness

Me and the scouts

At Overmountain Shelter

First you examine the scenery, then you examine your gear, then you examine yourself Colin Fletcher

Today on a slack pack, a light pack day, I really had time to reflect on my thru-hike and my life, I guess Colin Fletcher was right.

A lot of people are out here walking things off.  My hope is that because of the work I’ve done over the last thirty years I don’t have much to walk off.

Today I reflected on all of this and I’m really happy about who and where I am. One thing that I thought about was a comment that has been said about how easy I have it. This comment angers me for a minute until I think about how ridiculous it is.

I didn’t grow up with a lot and I made a lot of mistakes and took all of the crooked roads as a young man. I left college significantly in debt.  Over the last thirteen years I’ve basically erased my debt and worked hard and been successful enough to put myself in position where I can take a year off and hike and write.

This was earned and not easily, but I deserve the happiness and freedom I have right now. Some people think a life where you follow your bliss is not as valid or valuable as a life that follows society’s script.

I disagree, and the evidence I present are the hikers I meet every day out here. They are some of the happiest people I’ve ever met and everyone of them is off society’s script and having happy days my friends. – Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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4 Responses to AT Happiness: Reflections on Happiness

  1. Josefina Iniguez says:

    As I was reading this post I remembered that about 2 to 3 years ago you were planning on doing this hike which you told me about. My call to you was about my own hike in life which was blurry at the time. You didn’t tell me what to do, but your powerful vision wiped off my doubts and confusion. Now you are miles into your hike as I am in mine. By the time you finish yours I’ll be finishing mine.you will be a stubborn conquerer and I will be a sexy psychologist. Prayers and blessings your way.

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