After four weeks of walking every day I am having trouble coming to grips with the fact that this all comes to an end tomorrow when I complete the 500 miles by walking the last 20km from OPedrouzo into Santiago de Compostella. There is so much left to tell you and at the same time much of it I am afraid you will not understand. I hope to continue the blog at least until I can get home to the comfort of La Despensa.
There are many lessons of the Camino. Each must walk their own in their own way. Lesson one about life is (to seal a phrase from Nike) “Just Do It”. How many times have we heard from people their laments of things they wish they had done, careers they should have entered, or places they wish they had visited. Just start walking and you will get there. Just start taking courses and you will get that degree. Just sit down at the computer and write that book. It is about placing one foot in front of the other, at your own pace, on your own time table, and eventually you will find yourself on the verge of completing your goal or your dream. Not that easy you say. Talk to Camino pilgrims who have fallen and broken a leg but returned another year to finish. Life is not easy nor is it fair. But you must live it.
Tomorrow all that enter the pilgrim office with me with stamps from Sarria to Santiago (100km) will be awarded the same certificate of completion. No matter that some walked from Le Puy in France or that some never carried a pack but had it sent each night by courier. Or took taxis and buses. Some people have it easier than others in life. Stop complaining and start doing. You just might find yourself on the verge of completing a life goal before you know it.