I'm not a deeply analytical person, but the trail has a way of teaching you the things that are really important. At the top of the list was Gratitude: to be thankful for what you have, thankful for what you are given and thankful for all things great and small. It's about as good as a life lesson as you can get. As well as Gratitude, the trail also taught me the importance of:
Sense of Wonder
I've never been on an adventure that I regretted. Mostly, what I have taken away from this experience is that Life is for Living. Yup, I'm a long time believer in that. Create the life you want and then live the heck out of it, friends. Happy New Year!