What makes you 1 of 7 billion?
Living “on the road” for the last year+ (and hiking the AT) has really allowed me to identify what is essential to live, and I discovered how little I need to truly be happy. Beyond happy, really. I am certain now that I resonate at a core level with an experience based lifestyle rather than one around materials. I will take the pack on my back, the joy in my soul and my favorite humans on this adventure we call life. As my heart fills, my closet shrinks and that’s fine by me. Because as I traverse this unmapped trail of life, one thing I can clearly follow is that the less I own, the richer I feel.
As someone who used to give in to societal norms, I have grown to become someone who follows their dreams. It was scary to make the jump, leave comfort for the unknown. I can say with the happiest heart that it was the best decision I ever made. As soon as I started living in the true flow of my being, listened to what I craved and desired, without fear of the acceptance of others, life quite simply started to fall into place.
I find the other layer to my life is my battle with Lyme disease. About four years ago, I started to notice my body not functioning as well as it used to. For someone who ate well and exercised frequently, I thought I should have more energy, less pain, and a better control on my anxiety and depression. After two and a half years of blood work and testing from several different types of doctors, I was told I was fine. Somewhere in that time, my right knee filled with synovial fluid after a 40 mile bike ride. It was the first time this ever happened and my doctor told me it was from overuse and to take a break from activity until it went down. It went down some, but never back to normal. About ten months later, in April 2017, my knee flared up again out of nowhere. This time, the doctor drained the knee. Two weeks later I was back in the office, upset and confused as to what was going on. He decided to drain the fluid and test it this time around. The results; Lyme Positive. I took two months of antibiotics without any relief. Since, I have altered my diet and added supplements to help keep my symptoms at bay.
From these parts of me stem my passions in life: Help people create their own happiness and follow their dreams, spread Lyme awareness, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.