The Camino has been more crowded than anticipated. There are not the long stretches with no person in sight, hours to contemplate whatever it is God is whispering. Before I complain about this I try to accept what comes my way with the attitude that this is a reflection of life itself.
There are two common questions asked on the camino.
1. Is this your first Camino?
They say that your first Camino is never your last. I have found that to be true. I met a man named John; he’s 78 years old. He gave me some directions and seemed knowledgeable so I asked if this was his first Camino. He told me it was his second. Then he told me he finished his first with his wife in June 2019. Upon their return home he told her he wanted to go back and do it alone. Her response? Of course! She was already thinking of returning next year alone.
The second question?
Why are you doing the Camino?
The answers here are all over the place.
I walked the Camino after my first wife died and now I want to share the Camino with my new wife.
I quit my job and I’m trying to figure out what comes next in my life.
I’ve wanted to do this for 40 years and this year I’m doing it.
Today I met a Norwegian woman who said that she wanted to be more intentional about expressing gratitude for everything that God has done in her life. Her answer gave me a gentle pause. I don’t feel particularly grateful for the blisters on my foot, but I am grateful for her wise words and conversation that carried me along and made me forget my blisters 🙂
People say two things about the Camino: the Camino will provide and, express gratitude for all the Camino gives you.