A gentle rain came down, further dampening the Galician countryside, but my mood was euphoric. I was full of energy after our Spanish lunch of pulpos and bread, a beer to wash it down, and my husband by my side, no one else in sight on the trail. There was a canopy of trees providing coverage and the only sounds the birds, raindrops, and my hiking poles tapping in the dirt.
This is our 28th day walking the Camino de Santiago; we are two days from the finish, and it hit me… what this journey is about for me. It very suddenly reminded me today that the things we discover on the Camino that are important to us ~ whether that be solitude, community, a fast pace or a slow one, taking time for self or introspection ~ they are always accessible to us, wherever we are in life. We don’t have to be on one particular trail to find them, we only have to be aware of what is important to us, what are needs are, and then give ourself permission to make them happen.
So I say to you, walk 500-miles if you like, but know whatever journey you experience, even that daily one of life, know yourself and fulfill your needs. You’ll feel euphoric.