Hey BPL friends, I rarely post outside of gear swap but felt compelled on this thread. I have worked hard my entire life to raise strong independent children, be a devoted husband, care for my parent’s when they needed me, and dedicate my career to improving society.
I have been a lucky man with similar life experiences as many of you on this thread. My passion since I was a young boy has always been outdoor adventures and my health has allowed me to walk as many trails as most of you.
Recently, I had major surgery (sigmoid colon and descending large intestine removed). It was the first time I have felt old and unhealthy in my life. I am bouncing back quickly and with some luck and hard work will be back on the trail soon.
I would like to thank a few of you on this post for your wisdom, humor, and outdoor trip reports you share on a regular basis at BPL. A big high five goes out to Ken, Ben, Stephen, Kat, Matthew, Roger, Laurie, Paul Sarah, Jim, Joe, David, Tom, and most of all Nick for keeping my mind occupied during my healing.
We do tend to dwell too much on age, being fat, and our own personal biases (I plead guilty) but having my health compromised has made me a stronger and more introspective person. May all of you maintain health and enduring trails.