“El Camino no te hace mas fuerte, te hace darte cuenta de lo fuerte que eres”- Camino pilgrim Translation: The Camino doesn’t make you stronger, it makes you realize how strong you are.
In the summer of 2014 a friend and I traveled on the Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. People trek the Camino for religious and spiritual reasons, or for a reflective month on the road. My own journey came to light as I trekked through Spain. When my blisters were multiplying by the day (I ended up walking in Tevas!) and my back was aching from a 20-pound bag I started to question why I was there. I learned a lot about myself in the month. My friend and I came back excited about our journey but more excited about our self-discovery. We had always been strong and independent but had lost our sense of self. The Camino brought that knowledge back.
I learned that our limits are ones that we set for ourselves. I carried my backpack on the Camino but I also carried ideas that were holding me down. Whether it was my lack of confidence or my worries about my future I was able to shed that weight and finish the Camino prouder and stronger than I could have ever imagined. Shed the worries, the fears, the questions, and let the freedom of your weightlessness carry you to do something amazing.
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