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The Inertia

Paul was a dreamer. He wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail. He shined his old hiking boots in preparation for his journey. But, unfortunately, Paul passed before he could make it a reality.

His wife M’Lynn later put out a public plea: would hikers be willing to carry Paul’s boots with them as they trekked the Appalachian Trail in homage to her late husband? The hiking community overwhelmingly responded, and a contingent of dedicated backpackers decided they’d sling the extra weight on their backs to help Paul’s boots complete the journey he’d always dreamed of.

This film isn’t short. At 37-minutes, it’s probably longer than the time you have at this very moment. It was for me. I waited hours until I got home, sat in silence and decided to play it. No distractions.

It was worth it.

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Each hiker’s individual vignette examines their tragic flaw, the human struggle they’ve overcome to find themselves on the Appalachian Trail, Paul’s boots in tow. It’s a story of redemption, foolhardiness, and pursuing a dream with reckless abandon. It’s also incredible to see how one man’s dream that remained un-achieved inspired so many others to chase their own.

So do what you have to. Bookmark this video, set a reminder for when you have more time. This is a film worth watching. Who knows. It may push you to chase your own dreams. As soon as possible.

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