I’ve begun to realize that being successful as a thru-hiker requires accepting and understanding the sameness.
To be sure, there are differences in the days. There are unexpected moments, which should be appreciated and embraced.
Variety brings joy and surprise. Without this, the trail would become boring. And if it were boring there would be no reason to hike it day after day.
This is part of the mental challenge of thru-hiking, which is easy to overlook at first. A hiker's most immediate concern is the physical challenge. The mental side of the trail creeps in later when you think you’ve overcome the tough part of thru-hiking.