“Well, all that glitters isn’t gold. I know you’ve heard that story told. And I’m a pauper in a naked disguise. A millionaire through a business man’s eyes. Oh friend of mine. Don’t be denied.”
I can really identify with this Neil Young interview. In it, he explains how he needed to keep moving forward in his life and with his music, rather than getting stuck in the same groove. This caused him a lot of grief in his life as he moved from one band to another, from one style of music to another, never standing still, never explaining why he had to keep changing and redefining his music after he’d achieved commercial success.
If you’ve followed SectionHiker for a while, you know that my interests are always evolving. You can see it in the flow of topics that I write about, the places I hike, the skills I teach myself, and the gear I review. Hiking is a lot like music I guess. There’s an infinite variety of ways to go about it and my goal in life is to follow the path it takes me on.
Like Neil, I’ve always had an intense desire to get moving when I get stuck in the same groove for too long. So, I made a few changes at the end of last year to break free, dropping all of my gear sponsors and quitting all of my part time jobs. Life had become too predictable. I needed to cover new ground and see new sights.
The people I worked for were totally cool about it and understood exactly why I had to move on. They’re all hikers, so they knew where I was coming from and were very supportive.
The net net for Section Hiker is that I can now dedicate 30 more hours a week and 100% of my time and attention to hiking and writing for the blog.
I feel like my old self again. I’ve got free time to try new things and hike new trails. I’m not exactly sure where this path will take me, but I won’t be denied.