I finished my hike on August 31. It's been a month.
I didn't experience much trauma coming back around being indoors, hearing traffic noises, taking showers enough (goodness how I love being clean again!) and all that. But one thing I've struggled with is aphasia. That's where you can't remember the word you are trying to use.
I'm surprised how many things I can't remember, including ordinary words, terms for things in areas of knowledge I've got expertise, people's names, etc. It's gotten me dinged at job interviews that's for sure.
My memory also sucks for events that happened before the hike. This can make loved ones mad.
I still have lots of dreams about hiking the trail. Especially since that Ken Burns national parks documentary has been on PBS. I take one look at a range of mountains and my dreams are full of the trail.
I'm finding it hard to get a job. I worry a bit that maybe I shouldn't have left corporate america to hike. I don't think it will forgive me. I may end up at minimum wage again, which I suppose is better than right now at sub-minimum nothing. Does anyone know a good way to gain the skills needed for temp work or waitressing? I'm afraid I suck at that sort of thing, but it might be all I can do now.
Am I the only one who has found themselves in these kinds of predicaments?