Growing up in rural Ohio, the ambitions of my youth consisted of playing baseball, drinking beer w/ friends and building muscle cars. Fortunately, at 19, my path drastically changed. In a moment of spontaneity, and in search of a new challenge, I packed up my car and moved to Colorado in the middle of winter with no plan, no job and no place to live.
Looking back, this irrational decision was an empowering moment that expanded my understanding of what was possible. Ever since I’ve been compelled by the experiences that exist on the edge of my comfort zone. Living in a yurt through cold Montana winters, running 100 miles in a day and traversing alpine ridge lines for weeks have shaped the lens through which I view this world. I now believe that pain gives way to perspective and challenge is a catalyst to a great education. I also understand that discomfort, uncertainty and risk are the bedrock for growth.
Sometimes it’s hard to explain to others why I would choose discomfort or challenge. It doesn’t always fit with the expectations of a more traditional path. However, when I think of the relationships I’ve forged on an expedition, the quiet moments next to the fire in the yurt or the profound satisfaction I’ve felt at the end of a 100 Mile race, I know it’s all been worth it. For this, I will choose the uncomfortable path again and again. #questionmadness
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