During my 2018 Portuguese Camino de Santiago, after a particularly hard couple of days, a follower reached out ,and asked, “What are you doing this for?
My reply? My reply was “I do it for the love!” I’m quite certain she thought I was a little crazy. I mean-who walks 300km for the love?
The answer is thousands of people walk the Camino de Santiago routes every year and they too do it for the love.
So, what do I mean when I say I do it for the love?
It goes without saying that I love the Camino, but it’s the thrill of a good adventure and challenge that really does it for me.
It’s the spirit of the Camino and the simple life of a pilgrim that takes me out of the mundane of everyday life.
The making of new friends and the intense connections that I make along the way.
It’s the aches and pains after a day when I never thought that I would make it. Yet, I never crumbled, and that makes me incredibly proud.
Most importantly, I do it for the incredibly sappy feeling that comes over me in the golden hour of the Camino. When I’ve gone past my pain barrier and I’m are walking on sunshine. When the world is a beautiful place again. When my dreams no longer seem out of reach and I believe that I can achieve anything.
I walk the Camino because the Camino teaches me to love life again. The Camino teaches me to believe in myself.
The Camino shows me the way.
I do it for the love, my friends. I do it for the love!
If you plan to walk the Camino de Santiago, check out my book, A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino de Santiago. I share everything you need to know before you begin your Camino. Read at A Wild Woman’s Guide To The Camino De Santiago or click the link below.
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