As of January 1st, 2014 I gave up all my possessions except for what I can carry on my back. This was not an easy decision. Initially, just the idea of donating the 20+ pairs of designer sneakers I had made me want to cry, but as I slowly let go of things I found myself feeling lighter and happier than ever before.
As a child, I first began writing as a way of expressing the feelings that were bottled up inside of me. Over the years I became a writer of poetry, prose, screenplays, and I should have a bachelors degree for all the college papers I wrote for others, but I only shared my material at the insistence of those who admired my work because I didn't know how I could make a living doing it. Then something in me changed. A few months ago I quit my job working 60-70 hours a week as a production assistant so I could write full time. I realized the only way to truly live is to pursue your passion, no matter the cost, and that's what I'm doing. By walking from Brooklyn to LA, I hope to rid myself of the fear of uncertainty and learn how to focus on the here and now, and in the process write my greatest work to share with all of you.
Once printed, the book will be approx. 200 pages with a finished size of 5.5"x8.5" and a color gloss laminate paperback cover. A fairly priced printer has already been selected. My goal is to arrive in LA before the end of September, and to give myself a month to finalize/edit my material. By November the book will be submitted to the printer and will be shipped out with t-shirts (only for the reward recipients that applies to) via USPS and received by December 2014.
Risks and challenges
Naturally, walking across a continent has its risks and challenges, but it's not as uncommon as one might think. Approximately 10 to 20 people do it per year, and most of the risks can be alleviated by having proper gear and by remaining alert and vigilant. For this reason I will abstain from alcohol, sex, and drugs during the duration of my walk to avoid unnecessary risks. I grew up camping, fishing, and hunting so I know how to rough it. I also served as a medic in the Army National Guard and know how to prevent and treat cold and hot weather injuries. Other long distance walkers have written guides that I have read that give essential advice not only about the best routes to take, but how to alert the local law enforcement and media of the towns I'm passing through to increase the awareness and safety of my journey. In addition, I am training for my walk over the next 2 months by walking 10-20 miles a day, and doing other drills to increase upper body and core strength.
Fulfilling rewards- While the postcards will be sent out from the road, the t-shirts and books will be mailed out after my journey ends. The book will take some time to type and edit, and in order to save costs on shipping the t-shirts will be shipped along with a printed copy of the book. This also gives me the opportunity to include the people who help me along my journey to the list of reward recipients. The estimated delivery time for the big rewards is the month of December, 2014, just in time for the holidays! It may very well be sooner, but that is dependent on the time it takes to complete the walk.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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