What’s an adventure without a good hurdle or two? As with any endeavor, Glass Duffle has not been without its fair share of obstacles. From Border Patrol tearing through my car on the way east from San Diego to the abrupt manner in which Ted Cadillac and I evacuated Charlotte to the battle between Denver’s altitude and myself, each day has had its challenges. But none more consistent than the daily struggle with myself… arguably the hardest to get over since hey! I’m around everyday.
I’m no stranger to a healthy internal struggle but the self-doubts and insecurities have absolutely become more profound since starting this solo sojourn. And it’s been kind of strange: the more amazing people I meet, the more I second-guess what I’m doing. Why? It’s not because I’m not proud of this. Some stories I’ve heard have just been incredible and make my adventures seem more like a vacation.
One dude I met on my way to Denver from Yosemite, Dillon, was similarly backpacking the country but on a whole different level. His favorite adventure he told me about (and mine too) was about his time spent on a self-sustaining farm in Hawaii, far from the touristy beaches, working about 6 hours a day on the farm and getting to hang out with great people in one of the most incredible regions on the planet. He told me about driving with the farm owner after touching down in Hawaii and going through almost every geographic climate in only a few hours, minus extreme tundra and desert climates. And only a short walk from where he slept (in a tent or hammock, I can’t remember) were cliffs overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean. Way awesome!
Unfortunately, I’ve found myself comparing my time on the road to what other people are doing, leaving me to feel like I’m not taking the risks or doing the crazy ass things that I should be. But that’s not right or fair to myself. Comparing what you’re doing to what other people are doing is something we’re all guilty of. It’s an easy trap. But it’s one that we should all learn to avoid. The worst way to live your life is wishing you had someone else’s.
Follow your path and own it. Check out what others are doing and embrace it. Just don’t forget to keep trucking forward along yours.