Chasing a Dream in Yosemite

We’ve received a lot of submissions through the ‘Chase Your What If’ website from those who are either actively chasing a dream or on the precipice of taking that first step. One of those submissions came from our friend, Logan, and his dream of leaving his 9-5 to live in Yosemite National Park. We had the chance to ask Logan some questions on how he decided to go for his dream and why. Here’s what he had to say:

What are you doing now?  
My life now is sending people on hiking trails and checking them into camping sites with no internet. I fall asleep to waterfalls and wake up with the sun and birds. I set up my hammock and read/nap before work every day on a beach. In my off-time I get to explore one of the most beautiful national parks. I’ve climbed mountains and stood under 34˚F waterfalls. I’ve seen that stars truly twinkle. I’m living my dream.

What did your life look like before?
My life before this was working a job I didn’t like to barely make rent. I was too exhausted and stressed to even enjoy what free time I had. I realized I was chasing a dream that wasn’t really mine.

What inspired you to make the move?
I’d always wanted to come here. I finally realized I had a so-so job and nothing holding me back. Chasing my what if made me realize the weight of ‘what if’ is always heavier than a mistake. Being here now allows me to live in a national park all summer and travel all winter.

What’s your advice for others who are considering chasing their ‘what if’?
Go for it. You can fail at doing what you love or fail at the safe option. I’ve never been as stressed as I was before I left, but the minute I did I felt the least stress I ever have. Why wait for what you’ve always wanted?

What’s currently inspiring you? Books/podcasts/music/etc.?
Lately my inspiration has been all the people who go for the unknown. The people who travel across the world to see rocks. The elderly who pass me on a trail. The storytellers on NPR’s podcast The Moth for reminding me everyone has a story. I’ve been reading ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac as well to remember the journey is just as important as the destination. The band Explosions in the Sky always gives me the soundtrack to sort my thoughts to as well.

Have some motivational messages you want us to send to Logan? comment below and we’ll make sure he receives them.

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