9.9.18 | Hike 24 of 2018: Tennessee Valley Trail to Rodeo Beach & back via the Coastal Trail in the Marin Headlands, 10.56 miles. I spent the last day of my 33rd year doing what I love: Hiking on a trail that was new to me with really good snacks in my bag, this gorgeous view all around me, and a solid post-hike sandwich plan in my sights. #takeahikebeckyc #alltrails @eddiebauer #whyihike #contest
You can stop reading here if you want, but this is what I thought about while hiking today: I am really proud of what I've accomplished in the past year. In early 2018 I made a series of uncharacteristically ballsy moves: On the holiest of days (David Bowie's birthday) I asked my boss for permission to work remotely full-time and, to my complete shock, she said yes. Less than 1 week later I signed the lease for my Alameda apartment, and then I moved here at the end of February. Although I've felt intense moments of nostalgia and occasional pangs of loneliness, I haven't experienced a single moment of regret.
I am so fortunate to have fully leaned into my hiking habit in January, because the Bay Area is a hiker's paradise. As of today, I've clocked 190 miles this year, and I plan to continue my weekly hiking habit for the foreseeable future. As beautiful as David Duchovny's face was during the Xercise-Files (can you believe that was 3 years ago?!), it really doesn't beat the views I'm getting now.
I have grown a lot this year in both intentional and unanticipated ways. I have learned to feel truly fulfilled by my own company and to not be ashamed of it. I have developed focus for the things that truly matter to me, and this has given me the freedom to lead a much more fulfilling and intentional life. I have learned to allow myself to be surprised by and excited for the things that I can't anticipate or plan to death. Most importantly, I am starting to give myself permission to not feel badly for being a spinster. Bring it on, 34. I am ready for you.