Better late than never
Using to procrastinate I’m finally learning to tackle things right away. Especially things I worry about. This way, I am getting more and more in tune with life around me and within. I’ve been dreaming about walking a long-distance trail and after many, many years plans seem to materialize. Better late than never.
All due to a friend who’s a lot like me. We’ve been talking and talking about it and we even joined a gym at one point to make it happen. The training that is. To find ourselves sitting on the couch drinking wine in our training gear. Never even made it to the gym most times.
Als fall came upon us, we decided to turn a leaf ourselves. Might as well stay in the seasonal spirit. We are going to do it. We are going to walk the Camino to Santiago de Compostela. The whole way. Starting in France we will walk the 800 kilometers to the end in Spain. In 35 days.
Can we do this? We both agreed: No way! But that’s exactly why we would never even start. We listened to everyone around us telling us the same thing. You two? No way. We laughed but in the meantime we started to believe it would never happen. Until…
We both read a very inspirational book. About two people starting to walk. They just took one step at a time and never stopped. They’re still walking.Yes, they’ve taken breaks in between their walks. But they just decided at one point they were going to do it and let nothing and nobody stand in their way.
Sounds easy. It wasn’t. And we are well aware of the fact that we are going to be in pain. That we will probably cry a lot. But we can also imagine the personal victory of making this dream come true. Of walking way beyond our imagination and f… any boundaries we set for ourselves all our lives.
Walkin 25 kilometers every day for more than 30 days seems doable. Not without training however. So, we’ve started to go to the gym and not waste our memberships anymore. Since we are dead tired after 6 kilometers, we still have a way to go. That’s why we set our goal on September 2023. We must be fit enough by then to actually make it all the way.
And you know what? Setting this goal is extremely powerful. Already we’ve changed. We are already letting go of prejudice and of thoughts of failure. Of course we will. And we will show everybody, but most of all we will show ourselves that we can do anything we set our minds to. Even if it is late.