Here are some things learned in 24 hours of hiking:
1. Imaginary fear can stop you from enjoying life. You have to push through the fear.
2. Your mind gives out before the rest of your body does. Your mind would say, “Quit!” a few times, but physically, you are still able.
3. Always carry extra water.
4. Anxiety, PTSD, and panic attacks don’t have to control your life and have you miss an incredible journey.
5. Slow down in life. When you do, you will enjoy everything around you and you won't get exhausted, anxious or fearful.
6. Train and prepare. We all have to train and prepare for life, spiritually, emotionally and physically.
7. People that attempt to hike the entire Appalachian Trail are some of the nicest people you will meet. They take this journey for many reasons. Everyone was helpful to each other on the trail.
8. Time alone with God, nature and yourself is important for healing, recharging and fighting through the imaginary fear that can hold us back from enjoying life.
9. We are stronger than we realize. We can do some incredible things regardless of our pasts.
10. Nothing is better than real friends.