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Episode 50: Meaning, Purpose, and the Appalachian Trail with Molly Rhoads

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Release Date: 02/16/2020

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Today’s guest is my sister Molly Rhoads, AKA "Sharktooth"—    we’ll explain that later.  

Molly is passionate about hiking; hiking in this context doesn’t mean taking a walk. . . . Hiking is her life.

In 2019 she hiked the Appalachian Trail— something she’d been longing to do for quite some time. The Appalachian trail is 2200 miles long, and crosses 14 states. It took her over 5 months of living outdoors to complete this journey, and If she were wearing a fit bit, she would have clocked in at approximately 5 million steps.

In today’s episode, she talks about her expedition and the effect it has made on her life. 

Molly was generous enough to talk about her experience with anxiety and depression. For her, hiking, nature, and the whole process of living, exploring and working outdoors has  paid her back many times over. Hiking gives her a sense of purpose; meaning; maturity; and expertise — The things that make life worth living.

Perhaps there is still a sense, in Molly's mind, that hiking-life and real-life exist in two independent realms. But she hopes to bridge that gap. I’ll let her tell you about it for herself. 

Enjoy episode 50 of The Social Exchange. 

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