- Time of past OR future Camino
- May/June 2023
It's been over 2 years since I stumbled across the Camino for the first time. Since then I've been captivated, and have spent countless hours researching, planning, and thinking about it, not to mention scheming ways to get away from work and family obligations for such an extended period. Now, with my departure date 6 months away, I'm starting to feel the cold grip of reality, and with that the inevitable doubts and fears.
- Problems getting to SJPDP
- Language problems
- Sleeping in a room full of strangers
- Being forced to use public toilets and showers for 7 weeks
- Not meeting people along the way that I connect with
- Not gaining any real insights into why I’ve become such a mental basket-case these past few years
- Not finding someone at least vaguely interested in my story and why I'm walking
- Discovering that the copious amounts of camino content I've absorbed from youtube and blogs has set unrealistic expectations, and set me up for disappointment
- Disliking the food
- Finding out I don’t enjoy walking long distances day after day
- Not having fun
- Disliking my fellow pilgrims
- Finding out my fellow pilgrims are all much older or much younger than me
- Missing my wife and daughter and wishing they were with me
- Finding out my wife and daughter aren’t missing me nearly as much as I’m missing them
- Feeling lonely
- Missing the comforts of home
- Feeling like it wasn’t worth all the difficulties involved with traveling to Spain for 7 weeks
- Getting back to the real world after living in a camino bubble for almost 2 months
- Finding out that going back to my job after this experience is intolerable if not inconceivable.
- Wanting to repeat this experience over and over every year, much to the chagrin of my family who might prefer to go to a beach resort.