Persuasive Essay About Journey

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In 2013, my wife and I walked from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Katahdin, Maine. Walking is not exactly the best word to describe what we were doing. What we experienced is commonly known as a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. It is a very difficult trek; 2,186 miles across 14 states along the backbone of the Appalachian Mountains taking us 6 months and 10 days to complete the journey. Part of the journey was adapting to what is known as "trail life," learning to cope with the stresses of walking all day everyday and living off of very little. By very little, I mean very little comforts and conveniences. The thrill of adventure stifles this adaption period and folks starting are generally very excited to be out hiking despite the cold weather. After six months of living an alternative life style, including the widely accepted adoption of pseudonyms known as "trail names", almost entire isolation from main stream society, and a singular focus on walking each day and enjoying the simple things, like being dry, the journey was over. We now had the task to re-adapt to "normal" life. Six months later I sat down to reflect on our trail experience and our new revelations on life. These are some of our lessons from walking.

Simplicity of Choice
In today's society, we have an abundance of choice and decision. Our choices are so wide in variety and in substance that the choices themselves are choices; I choose to be someone that chooses these things. I'm a Mac, I'm a PC. This over abundance of choice has led to an extreme increase in the amount of meaningless distress in people's lives. Is this the car I really wanted? Is this the best school for my kid? Is this the career path I really want? We second guess ourse...

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...e once had, Chet is an overall, happy man. On our worst days, we thought back humbly to Chet and his story and remembered how grateful we are to walk and be alive.
In the beginning of our hike, we referred to our reality before trail as "real life" and our current state as "trail life". The further we went, the more trail life became real life and our old real life became an empty set of standards. Life is not about all the false pretenses that humans have fabricated. We are not designed to be falling into line with others, buying our dreams, drifting into a passive existence, inviting brainwashing, or ignoring those that surround us. Life is about living, being happy, loving others and experiencing this world with the ones you love. Everything else is secondary. If we choose to set our priorities to what is truly important, we would all be better off.
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