Not until my senior year of high school did I really get into pursuing a life in the outdoor industry.
The summer after I graduated, in 2014, I experienced my first panic attack completely out of no where. BUT, five days prior to this panic attack I was in Grand Teton National Park hiking over twenty miles in a weekend with some of my closest friends.
Months after this panic attack I experienced trouble breathing and went through little spells of depression, feeling entirely limited to do anything. Most days were spent at home feeling sorry for myself wanting things to go back to “normal”. Talking about major frustration, this had to be the most frustrated I had ever been in my entire life.
I realized that the last time I had felt “free” from this life of stress, anxiety, and frustration was when I was backpacking through Cascade Canyon in Grand Teton National Park. I would always go back to those beautiful memories when I felt down.
Months went by, and with medication, great friends, and the outdoors of course, I was mostly able to get over the hump. Of course I will always struggle with anxiousness but being outside is truly my safe haven, my escape. Being outside is the one place I feel free from the pressures.
For the next year after my panic attack I had wanted to get a tattoo of mountains on my foot to remind me of that beautiful Teton mountain range where I had felt so at ease. In August of 2015 I did. Also, when I walk now I have the power to “move mountains”. (Haha)
So the point in me telling you this is to broadcast the power of the outdoors. No matter what you are going through, whether a bad grade on an exam, death in the family, financial problems, depression, or just a bad day, mother nature will be there for you. Take advantage of what she has to give you.
Below are pictures from my Grand Teton trip in 2014.
Keep it wild,