Traveling can be a game changer. Traveling the Camino? Life changer.
We love home for its consistency and sameness. It's those same qualities that we look to escape from. Traveling is the cure for the mundane We search for different experiences and a chance to step out of ourselves. We can be whoever we want to be when we travel. Do whatever we want. Learn lessons. Get further down the path. Being away from home affords us the opportunity to think and let go of our mistakes, heartaches, frustrations, and fears. It creates space to breathe life into hopes and dreams and fans that small flame within that gives you the courage to be you.
This is all just amazing, right? Armed with a new sense of self, we return home, and then, usually within a couple of days, our personal journey resolutions come to a screeching halt, like the cartoon road runner vibrating to a stop. Reentry is hard. Really hard. That Experience, the change that occurred within us, is fiercely coveted and growingly elusive as we step back into our lives. How do we keep the journey going and growing at home?
How do you deal with your new normal in a place where nothing changes but everything about you did?
When Meg and I walked the Camino, a hotel desk clerk told us that 'We are the Camino.' It was a brilliant, beautiful observation. We each are on a journey of our own design, each a unique energy moving towards the collective as we create our own Path along the Way. I've mentioned that the Camino symbol is the scallop shell: the shell has lines that groove from the outer rim to a point at the base. The lines represent the many geographical paths you can take to Santiago, Spain, the spiritual destination of the Camino. The shell also symbolizes the many different paths-physical, emotional, spiritual, religious- that lead to the same place, the Universal Source. The collective You.
Think about this: maybe it's not so much expecting home to change. Maybe we need to be the change in our communities. Home is just a different path with a few more bumps along the way.
You do you.
Slowly. Deliberately. And with rockin' blind faith.
And hopefully, one day,you discover the balance is just right...and you find that your life has...
that perfect ease.
And sustaining that? That's where the real work begins...