Who I am and Why I am Here
Why I am here: Because I want to do something I love, for myself, before it is too late (I know I'm terribly selfish). I also hate routines and the stagnation of typical day-to-day life so I am really excited to break up the monotony.
Who I am hiking for: Me.
I am hiking the AT because I love hiking, I love being outside, I love being on my own, and I want to accomplish something that I have always dreamed about doing. No longer will my dreams be just dreams. They will be accomplishments.
Who I am: Rachel. A 22-year-old with ambition and a penchant for the great outdoors.
Who I really am: A young adult battling Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, and little to no sense of purpose in life.
I have two beloved cats, Bonnie and Clyde:
And a really cool, silly, and supportive family, without whom I would not be able to do this:
I am a recent college graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Globalization with minors in Philosophy, Elementary Education, and Communications. I am attempting to go to law school in the fall of 2018 after my thru-hike. My school of destination is to be determined soon.
What I hope to gain from this experience: A better sense of purpose (or maybe a release from the need to feel a sense of purpose), a stronger mind and body, the proof that I can do anything I set my mind to, and the experience of all of the people I hope to meet along the way.
Follow along with me throughout my journey on this blog & Instagram.