It’s has been 27 days of non-stop walking and I am finally in Santiag de Compostela. What an intense month this has been. It has been one of the hardest things I have done in my life and probably one of the most rewarding. It feels like I started so long ago and yet the time has gone so fast.
I must be honest, I have had days, usually at the end of a long day, where I wanted to stop walking as it was too sore to continue but for some reason the next day I just got up and walked on. It was the greatest feeling to walk into Santiago on Saturday. I initially planned to only walk in on Sunday, however at some point I passed a wall with my dad’s name on and I decided that it had to be the last day. What an amazing way to conclude this journey.
The last two days I’ve been recuperating and planning where to from here. I have also taken some time to sit and reflect on the last month. In the beginning I had this great expectation of how this would change me as a person and at some point during the last month that became irrelevant. Thing is, one cannot walk the Camino and not be changed by it, but in the end the Camino also forces you to be ok with your flawed self. Maybe acceptance is more important than change in this case.
The symbolic journey that one takes on this walk is incredible. Like in life we all carry a pack filled with things important to us. We sometimes carry things with us that we do not need and all we have to do to lighten the load is to leave it behind. We sometimes try and take on our journey with the wrong shoes and that causes a lot of uneccesary pain. If we do not follow the signs and leave the path we get lost and this increases our risk for injury. We build relationships along the way, some that help us in our journey, others that hinder it. We are all on this path and some fare better than others, some think that they are winning by being infront when it is not a race at all. Some try and keep up with people that they should not be keeping up with and so the examples continue. At the end of the day we are all placed on this path, some with more recourses than others, however the responsibility to go forward lies with oneself.