Is it too early in my trek to say that this is, hands down, the best experience of my life so far? It’s only Day 3 of walking The Camino, but if I had to end it tomorrow I’d still say it’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.
Think about this:
- Every day I meet people from all over the world who want to share their time, there insights, and their stories with me.
- I am carrying on my back all I need to live for the next six weeks. (Yes, the pack is entirely too heavy at 22 pounds, but that’s a whole other story.)
- I’m surrounded by people who are sharing the same experience but for all different reasons – providing an endless source of interesting conversations.
- I am walking in nature every day for miles and miles. It’s not only good exercise, but also meditative. And, I come up with some of my best blog ideas when walking alone on a wooded path. (I keep a small notebook in the pocket of my convertible hiking pants to jot down said thoughts.)
- I can take each day as it comes. There are no definitive plans other than to follow the trail. Somedays I end of walking farther than I imagined. No matter – I’ll always find a place to lay my head and food to fill my belly. (The latter is sometimes in a restaurant, sometimes cooking with others at the hostel.)
- I get to do this over and over for forty days – how blessed am I?!
I fully realize that what I’m doing would not be everyone’s idea of the best thing ever, but let me tell you this: if you get to have just one experience in your life where every day, at some point, you find yourself with tears in your eyes because you’re so happy to be where you are right now, oh how lucky you are.