“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
Walking the Camino is a seed that has taken a while to germinate for me.
My sister has always talked about it. I always talked about Everest.
When we sold our bike racks to a keen cyclist before we set out on this adventure he and I joked about meeting one day on the Camino. To be honest I didn’t really know anything about it then.
As we travelled it seemed to subtly keep finding it’s way into my life.
A conversation about world hikes on an Instagram post really sparked my interest.
I made a new friend online while travelling who has walked it a few times and seemed to have an incredibly meaningful grasp on life. Her comments on some of my travelling posts are still some of the ones I hold closest.
Naturally, there were signposts across Spain which kept it in my orbit.
I hiked and jogged in many remote places while travelling. It gave me strength and an increased wanderlust for more of this kind of outdoor travel.
“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
Then there was the time towards the end of my trip where I became really uneasy about how travel was being ‘shared’ online.
At times it felt like a privileged hustle and honestly it made me hollow. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking and questioning that, particularly what I want inspiring me in my feed and also how I contribute ethically.
One of the things we realised in our travels was that no matter where we lived our everyday life needed outdoor adventure.
I began making plans in my mind – otherwise known as ‘dreaming’. I was going to come back and cycle the Camino.
Once we stopped it didn’t take long to make a commitment to cycling the camino and to do for One Girl (we have a connection). If I was going to be privileged enough to walk the Camino I needed to do something meaningful with it.
Cycling seemed like the best option because I could cycle it in 2 weeks. Soon the cycling gave way to hiking.
It seems more fitting for me to hike it. I’m a hiker. Getting away for a long period of time is difficult when you’re a mum so I planned to do it in 3-4 attempts.
As the seed became more of a viable plant my supportive husband said he would take an entire month off so that I could hike the trail continuously.
And that’s where I am now.
A dream that started as a seed and is now a sturdy plant.
A start date has been set.
An adventure that is continually unfolding and at the same time unfurling me.
Not all our dreams become reality but some seeds continually whisper for water…that is how planning to walk the Camino Frances has felt for me.
I feel like it called me and it was slowly watered by dreaming, people, adventure, questioning my values, an opportunity to give, support and ultimately the right timing.
If you find yourself out on the trail, no matter for how long or how far and want to share, please tag it #hikeforonegirl so I can find it. Singing birds are well worth the effort.
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