Camino de Santiago/Day in the Life


Dare I change today, anyone of the sentences or thoughts I used to describe this particular day on my Camino Francés? Today, nearly two years later, I think not. I’ll just enhance the story a bit. The memories I believe, will just slowly fade into time. And today, time is all I’ve got.

Sociologist tell us that a significant emotional event is a circumstance that shakes our very soul – this one defining event forever, disallows us to ever be the same again. That’s the experience I believe most people receive on their Camino; if they treat it more as a pilgrimage, rather than a vacation, a thru hike or any other adventure.

Was I kind to someone today? Did I compliment anyone? What specifically did I do today, to make myself a better human being?

“Kindness is the ability to know what the right thing to do is and having the courage to do it!!” …

If this is one day in the life of you, then would you trade it for a different day? What makes any other day more special? Did you seize the day today?

After a full day of walking the Camino, did I arrive at my destination, ready to party, i.e. not totally exhausted from the walk. I now feel like I totally paid my past dues to be here.

No, this isn’t anywhere near the hardest thing that I’ve ever done. Far from it. Having and carrying an extremely lightweight pack may also have allot to do with it. I am not carrying anything extra; if I feel I am I simply discard it. Not even a sleeping bag. If I’m cold, I simply stay in my clothes and cover up with a down jacket. If I’m wet, I find a warm cafe to warm back up in.

Today my body reached the camino rhythm I read about. This is the point on the trail where the body now becomes solid enough. The mind is next and then finally, your very soul.

Darwin, who studied human evolution, actually didn’t see mankind as being biologically competitive and self-interested.

Darwin believed that we are a profoundly social and caring species.

When I awoke today, my first thoughts were; you’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to play hard; to live life to the ultimate fullest.

Earlier today I walked up this gradually ascending mountain. When I reached the top it almost felt like I had wings. The other pilgrims on the camino are a great way to stay motivated. Even the young ones don’t seem to possess as much energy as I do now.

Today is also a day that I thank and honor my Spanish culture for my ability to speak the local Spanish language. My ability to communicate with the locals has enriched my camino, by say about 70%.

Thank you my Spanish culture.

While walking the Camino with two local Spaniards; one younger than me and one older one, by about a decade.

“We earlier spoke of the ancient peoples that inhabited this land, of religion, of war, of being born in the years between 1946 and 1955. Of the technology of its day vs the technology now. The good, the bad, and the ugliness of mankind.”

This day may never repeat itself ever again in my lifetime.

Such was just a mere demonstration of life on the Camino today. And like I’ve said time and time again to those not like minded; if I had to explain it to you, then you probably still wouldn’t understand.