If you’re thinking, “I could never do that!” This story is for you! I am now 67, from the US retired and live in Thailand doing some volunteer work at an orphanage. Not too long ago I said, “You would have to be insane to take on a challenge like that.” How this “crazy thought” turned into a reality was when I was in bed here in Thailand and decided to watch a movie on Netflix, and a suggestion came up to watch the movie “The Way” with Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. I awoke the next morning and said, “I can do that!” The decision was made. So I chose the date of June 1st 2013 to take my first step.
CAN YOU PICK OUT WHICH LOST SOUL IS ME?
Oh, I know what you’re saying it’s too late to save this poor boy. If I do this, (and I think I will) it will be extremely difficult for me! The reason being I have a real problem asking someone for help. Like getting lost and stopping a gas station and asking someone “how can I get to….” I would rather ride around for an hour and try to find my destination on my own. Maybe it’s a “man” thing or is it an insult on my ego?
NO BIG MAC’s
ON THIS TRIP!
For thousands of years, people have made this pilgrimage with no money. However, they made it! I still believe people are willing to help another when in need. The question is “That was then… this is now!” Have the people of the world changed these principles of life. This is the answer that I want to know!
I meet two girls last night from France. They did this with zero dollars in their pocket. They are the ones who gave me this idea. Even on my modest income from S.S. I have enough money to cover my expenses. However, do I have the courage to put my ego aside and ask a stranger if they have any food to spare? This would be my challenge! Could I humble myself enough to ask for help? I have a difficult time just asking someone to go to the store and pick up some bread for me, even when I give them the money. On the other hand, I never have any reservations to help another person in need!
I don’t know if I could do this option with no money? However, maybe I should…. And learn a new lesson about life, not sure what it would be?
When you think about it, people have been doing this walk for thousands of years. Without a penny to their name and they survived, years ago people believed in helping one another and expected nothing in return. My question is… would they do the same today? By me doing this, I may get the answer? Well, it’s something I’m considering.
“Why do this” is always the first question I am asked? I am not a religious person. However, do consider myself as spiritual. The only answer I can give is everyone starts out with distinct expiation of what the experience may bring. Nevertheless, everyone one has done the walk ends up with something different from what they expected. One thing everyone agrees on is his or her life was never the same after the walk. This is the mystery that intrigues me to do the walk.
Everyone is invited to join us on the way. Some people may decide to just do the last 100 miles; that’s OK. I will have a map where I plan on being every night. I plan to do this in 30 days that’s 16 miles a day. I think that works out to about six hours of walking per day. The whole idea is to have fun and keep our stress level at zero! Well maybe 10%. I bet that’s much lower than what it is today for most people?
Now for you people who are in rest homes, wheelchairs or just can’t make it, don’t worry! I’m still going to take you along with my daily report with photos as I’m walking via Facebook named “Jim’s Camino de Santiago.” Just click the link and make us one of your “close friends” to join this adventure. Remember this is a “WE” thing you are all a part of this journey.
I watched a movie the other night, and they mentioned the old saying…”Life is all about the journey not the destination.” However, they added, “The journey is the destination.” I like that! Peace and stuff…JIM
A few blocks from where I live in Chiang Rai, I have joined the swim club to get into shape for my walk. It’s on the river and is a beautiful resort called “The Legend” I made it underwater from one end to the other and back another 10 feet! It is a beginning.