"PACIFIC CREST TRAIL" Prose By Gabriel Thomas
You will be uncomfortable. You will tread snow capped peaks, green meadows, desert rock and sand. You will have time. You will have time to think. You will learn HEAT. You will learn cold. You will perceive through a loss of comfort, and you will remember comfort – Its Luxury. The warmth, a bed, a good meal, you will daydream about it. You will have time to think.
You will learn what is necessary. You will analyze yourself and your possessions and your “Wants”. You will discover what is holding you back, things that are slowing you down, the unnecessaries of life. You will learn minimalism and your Body will change.
There will be pain. Your feet will hurt. Knees, back, shoulders, neck, you will strain. Everything will strain. In time, you will heal, and you will become stronger, leaner, faster, more balanced. You will marvel at this, and you will learn to love your body again. You will love your body again like when you were a small child discovering it for the first time. You will be living a life closer to what it had evolved to do. You will be living.
More will change. Your brain will remember things you’ve hidden away. You can deal with those things out there. Your senses will heighten. The world will become focused and clear. You will feel and become younger. You will gain strength and be more ready, and how you feel about yourself will change. You will feel competence. You will become competent, and you will lose self pity and self hate. You will learn to shit like a natural human being.
You will witness a stranger’s kindness, and you will become kind too, and you will have kindness given unto you, and you will witness a goodness that is inherent in all of humanity, and your perspectives will broaden, and you will witness joy and the sun and the air, and you will be joyous.
You will make friends. They will not be fake. You will learn to trust them, and they in you, and you will love them, and they will love you.
You can become more of yourself and less lost on The Pacific Crest Trail.