1. "I don’t have enough time"
While being busy is a very real thing for all of us, waiting for an opportune time where everything frees up is unrealistic. C.S. Lewis stated in his essay Learning in War-Time, "If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come". Most of the time we do not think we have enough time simply because we prioritize our time towards other things we believe are more important.
2. "I don’t have enough money"
If you truly desire to go on a trip and money is the only thing stopping you, we don't want it to stop you! That's why we have payment plans and scholarships. We believe this trip is valuable for everyone. If there is a strong desire but an inability to finance the trip, then let's find time for an individual conversation.
3. "I’m not fit enough"
If your doctor clears you for this kind of trip, you are fit enough. We've had people from every level of fitness embark on this adventure. While we cannot promise it will be easy, we believe you are fully capable of a trip this summer.
4. "I don’t want to leave my kids"
Leaving kids can be extremely difficult, but becoming a better father and mother to those kids is worth it. Laura Rhoades commented the trail "has helped me be a better mom," and Adam Anderly explained his trip "brought me back a better man, a better husband and a better father." This trip is not just for you, but it's for the people around you as well (especially your kids!).
5. "I’ll go next year for sure"
Who knows what will happen next year! As explained in number one, there is rarely an opportune time where your life forms the perfect conditions for you to do something like this. There's no better time than the present. Why wait next year when God might be calling you out to the trail now?