When I was seven, I saw hiking boots for the first time. My reaction was "I want a pair." 19 years later, I had my first pair. At a friend's suggestion, I joined the Trail Conference in 1979 and five years later I decided it was time to give back. Since then, my involvement has grown and who is to say who benefited more - trails or me with new skills, friends, and lots of memories.
Remember: The safest place right now is at home.