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  • Kevin Larsen

The Camino de Santiago, A Walk to Find Yourself

As I sit down to write about my experiences on the Camino de Santiago, my mind begins to wander back to the dusty, rocky trails that I traversed. I can still feel the strain in my legs and the ache in my feet, but what stands out most vividly are the moments of self-discovery that the Camino brought about.

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route that leads to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. It’s a journey that spans over 800 kilometers and requires one to traverse mountains, forests, and small towns along the way. It's a journey that has been undertaken by countless pilgrims over the centuries, and it's a journey that I will never forget.

One of the most powerful moments of my pilgrimage occurred when I entered a cave that I had been fearing to enter. As I stepped inside, I was struck by the darkness and the eerie silence that enveloped me. But as my eyes adjusted, I saw a glimmer of light ahead of me, and I felt a sudden sense of hope.

It was in that moment that I realized that entering the cave you fear to enter truly does define the treasure you seek. I understood that facing our fears and confronting our inner demons is the only way to find true peace and happiness in life.

The Camino was divided into three distinct phases for me, each one with its unique challenges and rewards. In the first phase, all I could think about was the physical pain of the trail. It lasted for about two weeks, and it felt like an eternity. My muscles ached, my feet blistered, and my energy was drained. But as I pushed on, I found a deep sense of resilience within myself that I didn't know existed.

The second phase was a deep dive into my own mental psyche, where I had to process feelings of guilt and shame. It was a difficult phase, but it was also one of the most transformative. I confronted the parts of myself that I had been trying to hide and came to terms with the fact that I was imperfect, just like everyone else.

The third phase was the most rewarding. It was in this phase that I finally understood what true love is and what it means to have a deep connection with oneself and other humans. I met people from all over the world, and we shared our stories, our struggles, and our triumphs. I learned that true love is about connection, compassion, and empathy.

My biggest takeaway from the Camino is that I will be miserable in life unless I find and follow my own personal legend. It's easy to get caught up in the expectations of others and the pressures of society, but at the end of the day, it's our own journey that matters most. It's up to us to find our own path, to confront our fears, and to create our own definition of success.

The Camino de Santiago taught me that life is a journey, not a destination. It's about the experiences we have, the people we meet, and the lessons we learn along the way. And it's up to us to make the most of every moment, to face our fears head-on, and to embrace the treasures that lie within us.

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