Walking the trail teaches you many things about confidence. Take homelessness, for example.
For most people, the fear of being without a home is up there with the fear of death, public speaking and spiders.
It's not just about the loss of physical shelter, warmth and comfort. It's about the fear of failure. To be more precise, it's about the fear of being seen to be a failure.
Homeless people are bums, drunks and drug addicts. They're dirty, unshaven and smelly drop-outs, right?
However, walking the trail gives you a different perspective.
I don't have a house but I do have a hammock.
I don't have a yard, section or garden but every day there's a meadow, a stream, a forest, a beach to call my own.
My home is where I make it.
More and more, as this fine weather continues, I don't even rig the hammock. Instead, I sleep under the stars. The sky is my roof. The ground is my floor. The trees or a bush are my walls.
When I wake up in the morning, I don't feel like a failure.
I feel successful.
I don't feel isolated or lonely.
I feel connected with the life all around me.
I don't feel stressed.
I feel relaxed and strong.
Try embracing the idea of homelessness.
Instead of fearing it, come to terms with it.
Go for a walk. Sleep outdoors. Stay in a tramping hut.
Experience homelessness to understand you're always at home.
When you return to your home, you'll see it with new eyes.
You'll appreciate it more.
You'll feel more confident knowing you can live happily without it.
And that means you can live a fuller, less fearful life.