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I need to make this change. I can’t keep being afraid, if bad things happen on the trip or the trek, then I just need to know that I will find a way to solve the problem.

I got into this terrible situation by playing it safe.

I played it safe in college by getting a degree in psychology so I knew I wouldn’t fail. Sure, I became a student-researcher and was awarded and stipend from the Program of Excellence, but I haven’t had one person that has cared one tiny iota.

Everything I thought workplaces would care about, they haven’t.

Sorry for the rant, I’m making this happen because I can’t afford to keep myself down.

I want to travel, and I want to one day find a job that allows me to travel. I have no idea how to make this happen, but someone on the road might.

I’m certainly not going to find the opportunities I am looking for here in North Platte, NE.

So, to prepare for the trek, I’m going to go to the Manitou Incline just outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado in one week.

It’s, allegedly, one of the most “extreme” hikes in the Rockies because it is pretty much straight up the mountain.

The top of the incline is over 8,000 feet. When I get to Peru, I will stay in a town that is at nearly 12,000 feet and I will hike as high as 15,200 feet. So, I thought I would at least see how my lungs do at a higher altitude than here in Nebraska.

I leave for Peru in 17 days.