My name is Jonah Boyer and I am the Dude of Dudetrek. I am 19 years old, I like to play music, read, stay in shape, and I crochet hats for my friends on their birthdays.
There are many reasons why I chose to embark on the Dudetrek, but the list seems to grow daily. I feel that wisdom is more important than knowledge. Many people often point out that I am forfeiting opportunities by not immediately jumping into the world of college, but I believe Dudetrek will give me wisdom that college cannot offer. I see my journey as one of physical, and mental endurance that will shape who I become as i continue to grow. Although I may be young, I am also at a time in my life when I have a great craving to learn and experience, and more than anything, I believe that youth is motivation and motivation is fortitude. In my case specifically, I have an intense drive to get to California and nothing will stop me from getting there.
While I am on this trip, I wish to learn more about myself. I will be constantly meeting new people, and sometimes meeting no one at all. Walking every day is certainly a different lifestyle than what I have lived so far and I think the change has been humbling to say the least. Beyond my personal aspiration however, lies my hope to inspire others. So often, it seems that people miss out on their true dreams in life because they think they are incapable, or have set unrealistic goals. I will do everything in my power to dispel this notion, and by showing me your support, you can help me to do so.
A large part of my life is my love for music. I first started playing music in 5th grade when my brother forced me to play drums for a song with his band in the high school talent show (I really wanted to play guitar). I played in another band with my brother all throughout middle school and joined yet another band while I was at it. Throughout high school, I was in marching band, orchestra, wind ensemble, all-state chorus, music theory, independent study composition; I even played percussion with the Greater Baltimore Youth Orchestra for a while. Recently, I have been trying to learn to play as many instruments as I possibly can. I picked up cello last year and have been steadily improving on guitar with more and more practice. I now play about 10-15 instruments proficiently and am continuing to grow. I brought my Martin Backpacker guitar with me, and I seem to find music wherever I go. That said, I think a large part of my adventure will be to learn as much as i possibly can about all types of music- firsthand.
Email Me! Jonah@dudetrek.com
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