UPDATE: I am beginning another of my “Second Journeys”. In 2014, I attempted to hike the 2200 mile length of the Appalachian Trail. I completed 920 miles, forced to quit due to injuries. This year, I will attempt to finish my hike.
This is not a continuation of my last journey, only a continuation of my hike from where I left the trail in Virginia. No, this is all new. I learned more about life and myself with that failure, I believe, than if I had completed it. I now know what to expect! I am AWARE! This journey of mine THIS year accepts all the pain, suffering, aggravation, and trepidations. I relish this, because the rewards of the NEW journey will define the new me, the person I will be when I reach my goal.
What drives us? What is our focus, our reason to be, our “bucket list”?
What motivates a retired 60 something to hike the AT instead of smoke a cigar and sip a nice Scotch on the back deck?
1. The next step. After the end of a current journey, the beginning of the next journey.
2. Future journeys. Plans or goals, the expectation of an ending to what is, and a beginning of what will be.
3. The imminent end of one journey, and a view towards the next.
(As one journey ends, the next is often defined by a major life goal.)