I'd been feeling very strange mentally on my last few hikes. Thinking about grizzlies, broken bones, being alone in the middle of nowhere, not really enjoying myself lately. Kind of a messed up head space. I think I've been hiking solo too much.
This is not far off my experience of solo hiking. My internal monologue revolves around 5 subjects;
1) OMG is that a bear? (answer: no it is a stump/rock/shadow/the sound of the tips of your own hiking poles rustling the bushes)
2) don't roll an ankle don't roll an ankle don't roll an ankle
3) am I there yet
4) no one will actually know if I quit now and say I made it
5) oooohhh photo opportunity, this will be my best "shot of a trail winding through alpine meadows" ever!