Hike Your Own Hike

I’ve been a reader on SectionHiker.com for a long time and we’ve mentioned it several times in Trail Talk posts. Philip Werner of SectionHiker.com announced today on his blog that he is going to hike his own hike. What this means is that Philip has left the 9-5 cubicle dwelling job at a well known search engine company to embark on a new adventure on the trail.

I decided to hike-my-own-hike in order to radically redefine my work-life balance. I just couldn’t do it as a full time employee within the context of my former position. Here’s where I’m headed.

I want to give myself some time to really enjoy my life while I’m still young enough. I don’t want to work until I’m 65 or 70 only to be too feeble to enjoy the outdoors and the active life that I have today. In other words, when there’s snow in the mountains, I’m going to be breaking trail and climbing peaks, not dreaming about the weekend in my cubicle.

Philip’s is an inspiring story. Not everyone has the means to leave their jobs and pursue new adventures, but there are lessons to be learned from his situation. Find out what’s important in your life and go after it. Don’t settle and don’t let yourself get stuck in a rut.

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