Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!
Tell us a moment or an incident that you treasure – not necessarily because it brought you happiness, but because it taught you something about yourself.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us LEARNING
I think it is just a part of the melancholy temperament, or being INTJ on the Myers Briggs test- I am usually filled with self- doubt. I am always wondering if I have the ability to do something big, and do it successfully.
One of my bad thoughts about myself is that I am not a good hiker. Walking long distance just do not come easy to me. But there is a history to these ideas. At school, I was usually one of the slowest runners in the school. I had some really bad hiking experiences in my life as well, and now I know it was caused by carrying too much luggage around. There was such memories of pure misery carrying huge backpacks, some of them also some SA Army experiences…
So when I started reaching my midlife crisis, I thought about doing something so totally opposite to what I think I can do. I decided to try on a part of the Camino de Santiago. With the time I had available I decided to walk from Léon to Santiago de Campostela in 2011- a distance of 317 km (each time taking the longer option) in 17 days. This sounded totally too far to even imagine walking. But I decided to give it all I got, and try. Face the fear. Look the enemy in the face, and spit in his eye…
So… I did. I walked to the cathedral in Santiago…
I finished the Camino, and got my Campostela.
It took some pain along the way:
But I learned a few lessons worth keeping for the rest of my life:
All the Pilgrims have the same testimony in life: If you keep on walking, you get there eventually! They even build statues for ordinary people who keep on going in Spain!
Eventually- the destination (mine) is reached- Km 0.00 at Finisterre
If I could do this, I can do anything! Just keep on going…
thanks for sharing. it takes a melancholic to see and understand another melancholic … 😉
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That is so cool you walked part of the Camino. It’s on my bucket list. Your feet did look a bit mangled! Have a great weekend!
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Good to see you made it. I’ll be going in October for about 3 weeks, a mini walk with the Walkers World. When did you go?
Excellent post. Good for you, Congrats!
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Good for you to take on something like that! It’s to often that people stop themselves from doing something incredible. You just have to press on, one step at a time, and before you know it, you’ve done it. Congratulations to you sir! Congratulations.
Thanks Gina! That was an inspiring comment!
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Great post. I walked the Camino too – an amazing experience, but yes, your feet do take a beating, don’t they? I stopped in Santiago though – I’d like to walk the last bit to the ocean some time.
I also stopped at Santiago with the walking bit, and took the bus to Finisterre- I am so glad I did not miss that beautiful little town at the end of the earth… 🙂
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