Today I opened a letter that started “I hope you’re showered with clean nails and deodorant on, but I also hope you remember how normal it felt when you weren’t.” It was a letter a wrote myself six months earlier while spending 24 hours alone in Pisgah National Forest. It was sound advice.
I was hopeful that my Outward Bound expedition would be a fun and challenging experience. I never expected it to be as impactful as it turned out to be. I went on a fourteen-day voyage to have an adventure climbing mountains and backpacking in forests. I walked away feeling a level of acceptance I had only dreamed was possible. I thought hiking for hours uphill, or getting to know a group of strangers, or even being without a bathroom would be the hardest part of the trip. I was wrong.
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