What if I retired today?

What if I retired today?

Halfway through a long rocky hike in the Great Smoky Mountains, I realized I was in over my head. Unprepared and overwhelmed, I felt finished. Forward or reverse, I had 7 miles to go. Just when I was questioning my life choices, my son suggested we call the park ranger or even 911.

“Wow. What would that look like?” I thought. “Was I really that bad? As tempting as a tap-out seemed, I was able to get by with an extra Gatorade and an energy bar instead of a rescue helicopter and an IV hookup. Six hours later, my legs bruised, my ego bruised, I finished the hike in the dark.

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