I’ve struggled with what my first blog post should be for my “author’s website.” Many ideas came to mind, but I settle on a theme consistent for what I’m working on now which is the release of my husband’s eBook, No Complaints…Shut Up and Walk.
In short, it’s a book about my husband’s decision to join me as I walk El Camino de Santiago de Compostela (a 500 mile walk across northern Spain); also known as “the Camino.” He was merely accompanying me out of his concern for my safety and his own need for a vacation due to the development of unforeseen circumstances in his own life. It is a story of his unlikely journey that transpired along the road to Santiago de Compostela.
The initial version of his story appeared in a fifty day long blog post. We received a lot of feedback from close friends, and people all over the world via comments and emails encouraging us to write a book. Our eBook recounts our journey from my husband’s point of view and is primarily what he experienced. There were two people that read my husband’s story that wondered what the Camino was like for (and I quote here), the “heroine” (me) of the story.
The physical tribulations of my journey are apparent throughout No Complaints…Shut Up and Walk, but the affects and my private thoughts are not mentioned in the book. This is for three reasons.
First, it is not my book (smile).
Second, my “Camino” actually began months before we left for Spain. In 2011 I was forty-five years old and frustrated with my current employment situation. I made a great salary, but the work was…not challenging, fulfilling and had reached the end of its capacity (a dead end). Many people said, “You should just be happy you have a job.” However I wasn't happy. It was a hard and emotional decision for me, but I gave a month’s notice to a company I had been a part of for over seventeen years, who were like family. Now there was an undercurrent and personal responsibility I have to accept in retrospect:
a) At this time I was filled with wanderlust. I had worked since I was eighteen years old. I was never unemployed, had time off for medical reasons or maternity leave. I needed time and space to clear the cobwebs; and a change in scenery.
b) Since I was forty-five, there was still enough time for me to reinvent myself; to find a career/occupation that I could do for the next thirty years of my life more aligned with my personal bliss (passion).
The pilgrimage to Santiago would provide me the time and space to rejuvenate myself and think about my life and its direction. The six-week pilgrimage was absent of life’s distractions that can thwart personal growth such as television, laziness, day-to-day life issues (real and made up), etc.
Third, as someone told me when I reached Santiago de Compostela, the meaning of the Camino would become apparent to me in the upcoming weeks, months and years. And it has. My husband’s Camino mantra that he explains in his book was “No Complaints…Shut Up and Walk.” This same statement can be applied to life when an individual just needs to set themselves to the business of getting through something, or getting something done.
My personal mantra that grew from “my Camino” was: “Keep moving forward; keep taking deliberate and determined steps towards your goal.”
No matter how bleak things may appear, this mantra now rouses me to try new avenues and experiences. Empowers me to work through obstacles and pick myself up when I fall.
“My Camino” was about learning how to live a courageous and confident life. This is neither unique nor profound, but substance that I personally lacked.
"My Camino" continues...the rest is "Unwritten."
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