I made it!!!
1,700 miles completed from Canada to Mexico - 38 days straight on the road.
I’m currently on the train back home today as I write this final blog post. I can’t wait to be back at home after all this time.
I’m also so thankful for all the support I’ve been given along this journey! It looks like throughout the trip about 1,000 of you were checking in regularly to see how things were progressing. Thank you so, so much.
Some Key Takeaways
Throughout the ride, I’ve been taking some notes on key takeaways and lessons learned along the way. I wanted to summarize them here in this last post to be able to refer back to them later.
Take It One Step At A Time
If I would’ve done detailed planning for this journey and tried to digest the entire magnitude of what I was embarking on, I would’ve surely given up before even getting started. Instead, I opted to plan for what was upcoming over no more than a 5 day period. And each day I had a single goal taking it hour by hour, mile by mile to the next destination. Don’t focus on the enormity of a task, but instead, break it down and tackle it one step at a time.
Patience Is Key
At the beginning of the journey, I would always be checking my GPS constantly and looking at how long it was going to take to get to the next place. Over time, I learned that there was no point in doing that because it was going to take what it was going to take. I began to instead focus on enjoying what I was doing in the moment. Time will march on, on its own, so enjoy what you’re doing right now.
Limitations Can Be Arbitrary
Henry Ford nailed this one when he said:
“Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
I had some doubts embarking on this journey, but what helped me was to enumerate what those were and then think of ways to mitigate or eliminate the issues until I felt comfortable. For example, I was worried about getting flats, so I packed extra tubes and looked up online how to replace them. I figured worst case scenario if things don’t work out, I can always just hop on a train back home early, no big deal. Once all those doubts were eliminated, there was no reason not to do it.
The Benefit of Isolation
Especially now with smart phones, people have constant stimulation filling up all their available brain space. The result is that there isn’t much time to just sit and think. You end up missing out on a lot of valuable self-reflection time and a way to take a “time-out” and assess if things are on track or not. Without taking this time, life gets lived on autopilot. It was Socrates who said
An unexamined life is not worth living
If you’re not living intentionally, are you really living at all? Periods of isolation provide you with this valuable time to disconnect from the outside world and let your mind wander.
Thank you so much to everyone who’s been supporting me and following along with me on this journey. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and I’m so glad you could be a part of it with me :)
What’s something you’ve been thinking about doing and haven’t done it yet?
What’s stopping you? Get out there and do it!