The perfectionist in me is screaming not to post anything because I’m not sure what I want to say or how I want to say it and because I won’t have links and pictures and a pretty picture since I’m writing from my phone.
The common sense gal in me says to keep it simple: I’m going on my outward bound trip TODAY! It’s two weeks, it’s in the woods, and it’s going to be an adventure. We’re backpacking and rock climbing and as my lovely boyfriend likes to say, I’m going on this trip so I can “find myself.”
Since I like to argue at every opportunity that presents itself, I’m going to argue that this trip is quite the opposite of a “find yourself” theme and is actually about marking the end of a chapter and the beginning of a new one. I went on a similar trip the summer before university and with grad school quickly approaching (I am so excited!) I know that this is a timely adventure. While one of my complaints about this year off from school has been that I don’t like not having a routine, I feel like I’m in a bit of a rut and going through the same old same old over and over and am so glad that things are shaking up.
Ever since i was on that trip after high school i knew i wanted to go on more. Things got in the way–they’re expensive, etc.–but mostly I got in my way. I worried about not working out. About eating what other people picked out. And I let the stuff get in my way. So this trip is a bit of a statement of how far I’ve come. I was thinking about how it’s funny that my body looks about the same it did after high school. I weigh the same as the girl I was convinced was too fat when I started university. I am not the same, however, and while I get sad when I think about all the time and energy I spent gaining and losing and gaining and losing and gaining and losing the same weight over and over again, I know I am in the sanest and healthiest place I’ve ever been and that things can only get better from here. By going on this trip I am taking a stand for health. We work out so that we are in shape and can do the things we want to do–like go on adventure trips and club mountains. We eat so that we can live. This trip is a good reminder that eating right and exercising are part of our lives and are ways to make them better–not the point of our lives!
Now that I am into the rambling, I’m going to bring it in.
Ill be gone for two weeks.
I don’t plan on shaving my legs for those two weeks.
There’s no Internet or cell phones where I’m headed.
Ill miss you.
Make sure you miss me back!
what’s the best trip you’ve ever gone on?