September 12th I walked out of my house with my backpack and walking sticks headed to the commuter train to begin my Camino. As they say, I left a walker and returned a pilgrim. I headed into the unknown. I did not know a single soul where I was going, each day every step would be, for me, on new ground. I was forced to abandon all fear of the unknown and trust that everything would work out one step at a time. I did my best to suppress all expectations and remain open to what unfolded.
For those readers who have followed from the beginning of this journey you know that that is exactly what transpired. I truly feel I have been guided from the day, one year ago, that I answered “yes” to the call of the Camino and made the commitment to walk the Camino de Santiago.
A most significant part of the journey was the people I met along the way. Deni, An & Meike guided me from the start teaching me much about life as a pilgrim. Barry was perfect company to share the final 2 weeks walk to Santiago. Many: Linn, Angel, Janine, Jamie, and others will always have a special place in my heart for sharing a portion of their journey and also sharing personal stories. The time I walked alone led me to a much better understanding of Bill and helped me to open my soul to others.
I have not before written here about Charlotte, a beautiful woman from The Netherlands I met in the exact middle of my walk. Our souls seemed to connect when we walked a labyrinth together. We were only together for 48 hours, enough time to realize that our souls were indeed connected in a special way.
After completing my promised “hat trick” visit to Fatima I flew to Holland to spend time with Charlotte. Later she came to Branford for Thanksgiving week. Remarkably our lives look very similar from our brick houses to our career choices.
So it is from 40,000 feet over the Atlantic that I am writing on my way back to Holland for Christmas & New Years. Sorry but I’ll not speculate here about the future. You will just have to stay in touch and stay tuned….
I am very pleased to be able to note that the OI Foundation recently reported having received almost $5,000 in donations via Spiritual Hat Trick! I know that in addition to the money we were also able to raise awareness about OI and the important work the Foundation does providing support to those with the OI gene and their families. Your continued support is welcome and you may still donate directly to the Foundation through the http://www.spiritualhattrick.com website link.
In the end I was 47 days on the Camino and covered 1,000 kilometers over 42 days of walking averaging about 15 miles each day. As 2017 comes to a close I can attest that The Camino does indeed continue. Much has changed and more lays ahead. My plan is to continue putting one foot in front on the other and to say YES to whatever the Universe presents. More will be revealed….
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year & Buen Camino