If you keep on going long enough, you’ll get there….

Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!

by michelle w. on June 28, 2013

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… Image

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…

17 thoughts on “If you keep on going long enough, you’ll get there….

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  7. 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.

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  9. 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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