It’s been two weeks since I finished the PCT, and as I reemerge into society I find myself asking the question— now what? For more than four months I primarily focused my attention and energy on reaching Canada, and now I find myself caught in the competing currents of uncertainty. How do I come away from finishing the largest challenge of my life, and reintegrate into the monotony and normalcy of the life I left behind?
The last two weeks I’ve spent with friends and family as I decompressed from my 2600-mile hike, but today is the day I must start looking towards the future. I’ll begin searching for next my job, working on my PCT video, and questioning what the next adventure should be. For the past three years I kept escalating the intensity of my adventures. In 2012 I set out to gain as many vertical feet as I could in a single year, and in the end I climbed more than 300,000 vertical feet. In 2013, I quit my job and thru hiked the Colorado Trail, and just a few weeks after the CT I ran the Pikes Peak Ascent and finished in the top ten percent. Of course, in 2014 I invested most of my time, energy, and money into the Pacific Crest Trail, and I’m not sure what’s next. At some point I must end the escalation, right?
Perhaps it’s time I shift my energy from my adventures and focus on building a career. I’d love to find a career with built-in adventure, but I’m not sure what that would even look like. Before I completely resign myself to starting a mediocre career, I think I owe it to my adventurous soul to once again push my limits and seek a creative career which in itself could be an adventure.