This Woman Battled Depression by Hiking
My father was a passionate hiker when I was a kid, and he'd always emphasized the idea of living life to the fullest. But for me, long-distance hiking is about more than that. My first year in college, I went through a tough time and struggled with depression and anxiety. Hiking was a way to regroup.
In the beginning, I'd never set up a tent; I didn't know how to purify water or cook food. I just did the trails in order of difficulty, gaining skills as I went. In the villages I passed through, people would take me fishing, offer me a warm place to rest for the night. To have complete strangers show me so much kindness was incredibly humbling. I started hiking to be alone, because part of me had lost faith in people, but my experiences brought me back. Now I have friends all over the world.
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