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Keepa, so sorry to hear that you decided to stop your hike but understand when an overwhelming feeling comes over you to decide such a thing. You did knock out a big chunk and got a real feeling for being a thru hiker too. Did you ever figure out what was up with your foot pain?
What an amazing growth experience, Keepa. I've always thought long, long hikes in the wilderness, and especially ones that involve a lot of solo travel, provide really valuable opportunities for introspection. I think they test and refine our values. Sounds like this one was no exception. You accomplished more than 99% of the population will in a typical year. Sorry you didn't get to complete your original goal, but I'm sure this will still rank as one of the most intense, stimulating, and memorable experiences you've ever had. I bet that, over time, you'll find your experiences on the AZT informing a lot of surprising aspects of your life. Not a bad investment of your time, energy, and resources.....
We (and I include myself) sometimes get locked into the mindset of measuring our journeys in miles or days. You just found what you were looking for a few miles earlier than you originally expected. Well done.
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