This post is the first I wrote detailing my reasons for wanting to hike the Camino de Santiago. I’ll be walking the Way to not only honour my grandmother, but to also celebrate my 30th birthday and the amazing adventures that are still yet to come.
I was in a melancholy state of mind when I wrote that post. In the four months that have passed since then, I still find myself questioning where I am at this point in my life. However, I’m hoping that some time alone on the Camino will help me gather my thoughts and refocus on my goals.
I still can’t believe that these past four months have passed so quickly; that since I finally decided to put this plan into action, it has now snowballed and I’ll soon be leaving to make it a reality. It’s almost surreal to think that a vow I made in a time of mourning seven years ago will actually be fulfilled in just a few weeks. I may not be hiking the entire Camino Frances, like I initially planned, but my intentions remain the same — I’m doing this for my grandmother in honour of her love and devotion to her faith and her family.
In closing, I’d like to share a poem written by John Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress, written in 1678. I guess this in itself can act as another throwback to 336 years ago…