I was thinking about this on the trail the other week... Is hiking an occasional hobby a few times a year, a real passion that consumes a lot of your time, or a driving need that affects your well being?
Nothing wrong with any of the three or other approaches. I find I am in the latter area...my outlook on life and attitude are affected by extended absence from the trail. This was never more evident than a funk I dropped into while healing a broken wrist. My wife has often kicked me out of the house to the wilderness when she sees grumpiness setting in, but an almost six month absence with the wrist was much worse. Even took a break from checking in on Trailspace which is my only social media interest/outlet. I guess I'll have to learn and grow from this in case I encounter medical issues down the road that prevent my regular excursions. Until then I'm just thrilled to be back on the trail again!