After a summer of soul-searching, starry nights on the trail, and 500 miles worth of footprints made with DRC in mind, Morgan Scherer is home (and back to school!) in Bloomington! We want to thank and congratulate Morgan for his amazing accomplishment in serving our students and modeling leadership for us all! Here is Morgan's final blog post-
"I woke up early July 25th to climb Mount Katahdin, the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Not only was this my last day on the trail, but it was also the reaching of my goal to walk 500 miles. As I flew up the short, but steep five miles to the top of the mountain, there was a surreal feeling that set in. I apprehended the lessons my hike taught me, several of which I am sure I do not even know about. I am excited to implement these valuable lessons in my life.
After the first step, the hardest step, with a million more to go, I realized Niko and I were on an adventure to find something. We didn’t quite know what that something was, but we were going to get it. I thought all along that this treasure we were on a search for rested at the end of the trail, like the rainbow’s pot of gold, but, surprisingly, when I got to the top of Mount Katahdin, nothing happened. I was not hit in the face with some spiritual awakening. I felt no change, only drooled over the view from the peak of the mountain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Life is a journey, not a destination.” I sat on top of mountain vistas as well as next to valley streams to break from the tedious walking, but something always edged me on. I felt a strong urge to see what was on the other side of the mountain. We take each step to see more beauty that is out there in this massive and mysterious world. We cannot help but to take our lives on adventures.
As I am now walking from class to class at Bloomington High School North instead of from peak to peak in the Appalachian Mountains, I’m comfortable; almost too comfortable. My legs are restless as they twitch up and down while I sit at my desk with an anxiousness to go somewhere. Walking is not the fastest mode of transportation, but I saw this summer that it can get me where I want to go.
Harold Whitman said "Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." I love that I was able to convince people to give me money for walking. Your small check may feel worthless compared to the $10,000 of pledges, but every cent is creating a chance for the kids at Centre Salisa to come alive. Every kid should have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams, whether that be walking in the mountains or becoming a doctor. I believe that what we are giving to the kids, they will give back to Africa."
You are invited to welcome Morgan (and Niko!) home and celebrate their hike Sunday, August 18th, from 7-9 p.m. The party will be held at the Scherer's home-- 4811 N. Maple Grove Rd, Bloomington, IN, 47404. Desserts will be served.
Please RSVP to Morgan at 812-325-7229 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For pledges made to Giving Back to Africa on Morgan's behalf, please send the donation to Morgan's home address, listed above, or simply bring them to the party with you! Please make checks payable to Giving Back to Africa.
You can also hear Morgan speak at the gala on September 5th!