About Person Irresponsible in her own words:
"In 2020 the world went to hell in a handbag. This isn’t exactly headline news - although it was then. I went from perfectly locatable in the Cotswolds to utterly baffled in the American wilderness when I embarked on a quest to walk from Mexico to Canada for reasons that escape me. It was most probably nothing more dramatic than a mid-life crisis.
Perhaps I should have come ‘home’ but I lived in the deluded optimism the pandemic would all be over by the summer. Besides, I’d given up my home: shoving my belongings into storage, persuaded someone to look after my cat and someone else to look after my car.
I did think about returning but each time I popped into civilisation to top up my supplies, I discovered a new reason to run for the hills. So 'home' became a tent: a mere flimsy bit of fabric to protect me from every conceivable terror that exists in the wilderness - bears, rattlesnakes, deserts, avalanches and other human beings. Most dangerous of all was the racket inside my head.
Everything you ever taught me is my journey, relying on nothing other than the twelve steps of recovery, teaching me to take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and one bloody ginormous mountain at a time as I staggered my way along the Pacific Crest Trail.
As mid-life crises go, I remain utterly clueless why mine took me from my sofa to the Canadian border via the fridge, powered only by two chubby legs and a fat arse.”
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Being called Person Irresponsible (PI)
What life was like before the mid-life crises
Getting married and getting divorced
How her home drinking increased and how it took over her life
Turning 41 and failing at dry January and dry February
Having a bigger problem than she wanted to admit to
Joining Alcoholics Anonymous
Following the 12 step program
Learning more about herself
Why it’s never to late to make changes
Applying for a permit for the Pacific Crest Trail
Taking life more as it comes
Being inspired by the film - “Wild”
Getting obsessed with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)
6 months to plan and prepare
Funding the challenge
Learning to deal with her anxiety
Learning to not worry about the future
The ethics behind the decision to walk the PCT during the pandemic
Trail angels and life on the trail
The first mile on the PCT
When the doubts crept in
What it was like spending time alone in nature
Learning how to switch off her thoughts
Attending online AA meetings while on the trail
Making connections on the trail and waking with other people
Wanting to write a book about the journey