Sunday, January 20th, 2013
Sadly, due to quite a few reasons, I have to cancel my trip across the country. You see, this journey was never supposed to be about me or just for me; I aimed to share this journey with everyone from the start. It wasn’t just some vacation or a badge I could wear on my chest and say, “Look what I did!”… it was supposed to be much more than that.
This trip was supposed to serve as an inspiration for all to get outside more often, be more active and live a longer, healthier, more fulfilling life. I feel that a disconnect from nature is one of the biggest reasons why childhood obesity keeps climbing, which is why I really wanted to spark interest in kids and their parents.
But had this journey been nothing more than a vacation or something I could brag about, then I could easily go and not worry about recording, editing and posting videos or writing a book. I could have camped the whole time and shared the experience with only those I spoke to in person. That would have saved me a lot of money, since I wouldn’t have to pay for hotels and a lot of extra equipment, but that wasn’t the case.
It wasn’t a selfish trip; it was a selfless trip. And when I noticed that donations weren’t coming in as quickly as I had hoped they would, partially because Indiegogo put code on my crowdfunding campaign that kept it from showing up in search engines until I complained about it for weeks, I started to modify my plans so that I would only be staying in a hotel once a week. That meant that I’d be roughing it most nights of the week, I’d need a lot more battery power, I’d only get to shower once a week and I’d have to carry a lot more food with me. I was willing to change the plans I spent 6 months organizing, so that I could post daily videos, and put myself at a little more risk because I believed in this journey that much.
But after checking my newly revamped budget I started to realize something… I wanted to inspire others more than they wanted to be inspired. I have been talking about this journey for over a year and if even now there is so little buzz about my journey then it appears that it’s not really what you guys want… at least at this moment. Sure, I can’t even afford the food and hotel stays of the revamped budget, but I worked my butt off financially and physically to make this happen. I worked to earn more money in the last few months than I earned in all the rest of the year put together. The last workout I did was a 22.5 mile run in the snow, with a 40lb weighted vest on and a backpack, with a 70 ounce water reservoir in it, strapped to my back. And as I sit here typing this, 4 out of my 10 toenails are purple…
I really wanted to make this happen for you guys. Not everyone would be able to complete such a journey and I wanted to show you all what it would be like, but there doesn’t appear to be much of a demand for something like this… at least at this point. I can’t force you to be interested in something, so I won’t plan another big trip like this until there is a substantial demand for it.
But if you’d like to see and take part in what I will be doing with the rest of this year, then feel free to watch the video below…
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