The stress of “living the dream”
It’s only been 4+ weeks since you left NH . It may take another 4+ weeks before you’re really in an emotional space that has truly shifted away from habitual responses. You’re not missing out of anything, right now you’re in the heart of deep healing. It will take a lot of time. 💚
I got all tied up just reading this, girlfriend. Man, this is INTENSE! I know it's way easier to say then do but please give yourself a clap on the back because you are DOING this! I really don't know anybody who would and could take this on, fercryinoutloud. Bravo! But yeah, the anxiety is a crippler. I feel ya. Love ya too. One foot in front of the other.
Confession : I’ve never done van life on my own! Seems like you’re doing a great job! Slowing down and getting into a routine seems like a great idea. Rooting for you Liz!
Love your writing! Do what feels right to you, not what you THINK you should be doing.
Dear Liz, thankyou for honestly sharing the experience you are having as you travel along. I can relate to the anxiety and being overwhelmed . What I cannot imagine is the braveness and confidence that have allowed you to forge ahead. I’m impressed by you. Beautiful descriptive writing, photos, and videos.
OK, I'm in awe...you.are.amazing! Your journey is incredible and instead of your FOMO, I'm focused on your ability to survive and thrive and persevere- just a thought for you from an admirer! Keep on keeping on! (if I may!).
Thank you so much for sharing your journey. Your emotional and mental struggles are all too common with so many people who are afraid to share what they are going through. This blog may help some of them deal with them a bit more. I feel blessed that we were able to met on the AT!
What a story, thanks for sharing it!
I identify with so many of the sentiments, having also learned the hard way that getting out into nature alone isn't always an intensely romantic experience. It's just facing reality in another way - and that includes not always liking what I see in myself and the world around me.
Over the years, I've learned that when I'm on the trail my main job is to stay super-vigilant for any expectations of feeling this or experiencing that, and to just be open to whatever happens. Those lurking expectations must be rooted out mercilessly! Which is kinda the point of it all: spending expectation-free time out in God's beautiful world.
Liz…. You are AWESOME. I hope you know how much of an inspiration you are to me. Keep going. You so got this. As soon as I see my way clear I’ll be subscribing for my first year. Love ya: