I asked The Man why he suddenly decided to hike the PCT. He said it was because of having all his money stolen recently. He realized that he defers most things he wants to do in order to save money. But having all his money be instantly gone made him think that putting off the things you want to do may mean that you'll never get to do them. You may lose all your money or you may get sick or who knows what will happen.
Yes, that is how I felt.
Here's an interesting article I read that is somewhat related to this called The Dropout Economy. The Man is by no means dropping out of anything, but I sense all over a feeling that if all of this could be gone someday, what are we waiting for? Let's do what we want to do right now.