“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. Lao Tzu
It is not uncommon to hear life referred to as a journey. I have certainly used the metaphor often. I recall a song that my siblings and I sang back in the 70’s for our grandparent’s wedding anniversary (not willingly mind you- we were conscripted to perform, my mother having delusions that we were the Dutch -Canadian equivalent of the Von Trapp Family Singers, which sadly, we were not). The song went something like this:
Go gently through the years, but go in strength. Don’t be ashamed of tears, of anger or of fears, for they’re a part of you and you’re alive. Climb montains while you may, and sing your songs. Start living every day. It won’t be long before you turn around and wonder where life’s gone.
These words have embedded themselves into the fabric of my life. Like the familiar “Carpe diem”, seize the day, I don’t want to look back on my life with regrets, but rather follow my dreams and live every day to the fullest. Not that I have been able to do that perfectly, or sometimes even well, but life is short and precious and we never know what’s coming around the corner. And so it is that I begin a new path and follow my dream to walk the 900 km Camino de Santiago. I invite you to walk with me on my journey, where ever it may lead! Come with me as I climb mountains, sing songs, get blisters, most likely get lost (probably more than once), while facing fears, anger, tears and hopefully many joy filled moments.