Hellllooooo!

Gosh, it’s been such a long time since last we spoke, over a year in fact. My last post was in August 2021, wrapping up the tail end of a Road Trip out west. How has everyone been? Finding Joy? Creating Joy? Choosing Joy? Allowing Joy? Not thinking about Joy? Saying no to Joy? No matter your answer, it is perfect and I’m so glad you’re here.

I, myself, have been on an inward adventure…exploring Truth and Consciousness. Deepening my awareness and understanding of both as best I can. Not yet particularly mainstream topics I know, but this has been my chosen curriculum for many years. It’s where I choose to live and I love it…much of the time. For the most part, I find this exploration a fun, challenging, illuminating, fulfilling, and expansive arena in which to play. Is anyone with me on this?

Let’s have a bit of a catch up, shall we? As I said, I am often looking/listening inward, so imagine my surprise when one October evening last year it came to me that I would be walking The Camino. Try as I might, I could not shake or say No to this sudden “knowing” because you see, walking the Camino was an experience I said I’d “never” have because I had always haughtily maintained it was something “the masses” did and I did not hold with whatever it was the masses were doing and I certainly didn’t fancy walking across Northern Spain with The Masses.  Gosh, I sound like I think I’m something special, don’t I?  Ha! 

How I look back at the me that was me at that time and laugh with love at her and her notions.  Silly goose.

Never say never, as they say…

Many of you already know I did walk a 500 plus mile Camino de Santiago earlier this year. From the last weeks of April through May, I trod The Camino Francés from St. John Pied de Port, France, across the Pyrenees and two other mountain ranges to Santiago Spain, arriving at the Cathedral there on May 30, 2022. For something I said I’d never do, I remain truly grateful for and ever changed by the experience.

Life Lesson #1011: Remain open to all things at all times and follow the energy.

It is widely said; everyone who walks the Camino is called to do so. I believe this to be true. Many, perhaps most, Pilgrims (that’s what folks who walk a Camino are called) have some idea why they are walking, for example: they have religious and or spiritual reasons or they want to get fit and lose weight or they want another Camino certificate or are a cancer survivor and are celebrating or a loved one died and they are grieving and are looking for relief or they are recently divorced and are looking for relief and hope for the future or they suffer from depression and are looking for relief and hope or they are at a crossroads in life or their life no longer seems fulfilling and they are seeking inspiration.  You get the idea.

And then there are those who are walking and do not know why other than they answered some sort of a call and followed the energy. I fell into this later category, yet once I surrendered to the calling, which really only took a matter of hours before I agreed to go, I was full of curiosity and a sense of adventure. Throughout the research and planning stages and the whole time I walked I was curious to discover why I was called and frankly at some point, began to wonder if I’d ever know. I did always know however I was exactly where I should be and there was absolutely nowhere else I’d rather be. This, my friends, is FREEDOM and it feels fantastic. The ongoing trust in this amazed me especially given the fact that once upon a time, I said I’d never be there.  What a gift!

Life Lesson #1012: Refer to Life Lesson #1011.

It is also widely said; the Camino is divided into thirds. The first third brings the physical challenges, the second third brings the mental challenges, and the third third brings the Spiritual insights and personal gifts. For me, this was all true and for me, as well as for many, walking The Camino was an incredible experience on so many levels. I am definitely not the same person who began the journey on that blue-skied April morning in the foothills of the French Pyrenees.  I received many gifts along the way and do feel I know why I was called, though I doubt it’s ever just one thing. I was very surprised by it and yet at the same time realized the truth of it…if I allow it to be. More may yet reveal itself and I am at the same time perfectly content with what is. It’s all just another step along the Path Home.

As you no doubt surmise after reading the above, should you ever feel The Camino calling, I can highly recommend the experience.

When I began writing this sort of welcome back post, I had no real idea what I would be writing about just that I wanted to get the blog going again in anticipation of an upcoming trip. Opening up and going with the flow seems to have brought us to this point and I can tell you now, the next post is going to be about my upcoming trip to New Zealand and Australia. I leave in mid November and will be gone 4.5 months!

Spoiler Alert: I am answering another call and am very much looking forward to its continued unfolding, so stay tuned and I’ll fill you in on what I know (or think I know) so far.

Until next time.

The finish line.  The Cathedral in Santiago Spain.  May 30, 2022

The banner photo at the top of the post is, The Alto de Perdon or Hill of Forgiveness.  The sculpture depicts Pilgrims throughout the centuries making their way to Santiago and can be found on a high hill after a long climb out of Pamplona.  If you haven’t seen the movie, The Way, directed by Emilio Estevez, I highly recommend it as a lovely representation of what it’s like to walk a Camino even though in this Hollywood version, no one seems to ever have sore feet, sore joints, or blisters. 🙂

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Comments:

  • Anonymous

    October 20, 2022

    Beautiful words! Glad I got to experience part of it with you, Maybe our paths will cross on your 4.5 month next trip. Safe travels and keep sharing your next adventures until we meet again my friend. Cassie

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    • Anonymous

      October 20, 2022

      Thanks Cassie! I’m so glad we got to share part of the Camino as well. That is, before you took off and left me in the dust! 🙂
      I so enjoyed our time together and look forward to our next meeting indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    October 21, 2022

    Okay! First, I love that photo of you at the end of the Camino. How have I not seen that?! Epic.
    Secondly, I love your writing! I can hear and feel you in every word.
    I especially love this, “How I look back at the me that was me at that time and laugh with love at her and her notions.”
    Huzzah!

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    • Anonymous

      October 21, 2022

      Rootowne here. Not sure why it was anonymous.

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      • Anonymous

        October 21, 2022

        In the second line, I’d like to change “writing” to “musings.”

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  • Gaelyn Olmsted

    October 21, 2022

    I have no desire to walk the Camino yet truly enjoyed it through your stories and images. Look forward this next adventure.

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  • Heather

    October 21, 2022

    I love your writing Margie. I look forward to following your upcoming enlightenment!

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  • Melissa Shuttleworth Lucas

    October 21, 2022

    Wow, wow, wow on New Zealand and Australia! My Aunt and Uncle from Mississippi hiked in New Zealand. So glad you are able to take such amazing trips and share everything with us along the way! Best wishes on your next adventure!

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  • Antonio

    October 28, 2022

    Cuanto me alegra leerte, y saber que sigues recordando con cariño tu experiencia en el Camino. Para mí fué también algo extraordinario y que nunca olvidaré. El Camino no es solo andar y recorrer senderos, senderos y ciudades, el Camino son las personas que lo recorren y a las que conoces. Me alegra haber formado parte de tu Camino y que tú fueses parte del mío. Esa llegada a Santiago siempre la compartiremos amiga Margie.

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    • Margie

      October 28, 2022

      Antonio! Yes! We will always have our Camino and friendship and I am grateful for it.

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  • Silver Hjellen

    November 5, 2022

    Margie, as always I so enjoy and am in awe of your writing. As we have personally talked about your Camino experience, I will only say here that I so admire and try to follow your: Life Lesson #1011: Remain open to all things at all times and follow the energy. What a beautiful way to live.

    I so look forward to your new upcoming experiences and life lessons you will share from your trip to New Zealand and Australia.
    Love, Silver

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    • Margie

      November 6, 2022

      Thank you, Silver. I love following your adventures and experiences and love seeing how you embrace life so fully. 80 something and going strong with such wonderful enthusiasm and curiosity!

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  • Silver Hjellen

    November 5, 2022

    I LOVE your photo at the end of Camino

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