I wonder if there if something that for many of us we do not get from our daily life. I have met and talked to many people who have walked the Camino Frances more than once. Walking the Camino Frances is a fairly big commitment in the way of time and money.
I got thinking on this yesterday while out hill walking in the Wicklow Hills. I notice a Santiago de Compostela badge attached to one of the walkers back packs. I asked, as I have a tendency to do.
They were telling me that they had just come back last week from walking the last 112km from Sarria to Santiago – they really enjoyed it and are now planning on the full Camino Frances next year from St Jean. This is easy to understand, you get a taste of something, you like it and you want the full three course meal.
But the others like me who want to go back time and again…
The last time I walked the Camino people would ask why, why again? And do you know I had no real answer, I just wanted to. I am still not sure myself, I just had that yearning inside me to go walking again.
That yearning is once again growing inside of me. But I now find myself in quite a different position in life. It has become much harder to take one month off and just disappear, leave the phone and email behind for a whole month – very appealing but somewhat impractical now.
To get over this problem I have started considering cycling the Camino Frances next year – 2010. From what I have read cycling the Camino is much more solitary experience than walking, less companionship of the same group a you travel along. I wonder how I would be with this as I really like people and good conversations.
This helps me understand how people end up doing the same things over and over – if you like something why change it? However earlier this year I decided to change the way I did a lot of things. A small example: I would go to the same restaurants all the time and eat the same food over and over – I knew what I liked. So I stoped doing that and started eating in new places and when I was in the old places I would have something different from the menu – I found lots more that I liked.
Change can be good, sometimes I just get into those habits because I know what I like – but I have only one life and I often think that doing more might be better for me. This reminds me of a quote I have sitting above my desk
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did – Mark Twain.