What is your reason to walk the camino?

What is your reason to walk the camino?

The question was:

I find myself NOT happy in work. VERY happy in love, but nevertheless looking for me and Hoping to find the meaning of my life. Sounds a bit obvious maybe, but i think i need to spend a while with myself and be curious to everything and everyone that passes my way. I AM really looking forward to meet all of you and life!

Read all about the reasons why we walk the Camino de Santiago in our Camino forum.

Is the real reason to walk the Camino to escape and hide?

Camino de Santiago

The question was:

Still waiting for the opportune moment when everything aligns before I set out….made me ponder the real reason of why I’d want to do this…and I realized that it’s really to escape, the get away, to put behind the failures, heartbreaks, disappointments, lies, deceptions, backstabbings, betrayals, lost hopes, unfulfilled dreams….

I have had some mini-trips, last one being a few weeks ago where I travelled cross country from Istanbul to the eastern borders of Turkey on local buses, and at no time did I miss my old life with the items listed above. Returning to the routine life brought the dark thoughts back, now putting in time until the next trip.

Walking 900 – 1000 kms end to end and side spur trips, 60 days, to escape, to forget albeit temporarily, to live and enjoy each day like it’s my last (one day it will be), the feelings of euphoria as reality doesn’t matter….then to return to the issues that I ran away from. The issues and responsibilities and other things that age us too soon.

I now realize that as exciting as the pilgrimage will be, it won’t be different than a warm perfect summer day sooner or later giving way to a winter blizzard.

I can’t escape reality. May even feel worse as the memories of Spain and the freedom haunt and compare.

Anyone know what I’m talking about? :?

Read this interesting conversation on the reasons why we walk the Camino de Santiago here.

How did you find and why did you walk the Camino de Santiago?

Post Camino Blues

The question was:

I was wondering how others initially found and walked the Camino. My personal point of view is that there are no accidental pilgrims, but that’s just me. How about you?

Read the conversations where pilgrims explain how they found out, and why they did walk the Camino de Santiago.