“Travelers, there is no path. Paths are made by walking.” – Antonio Machado
I had one of those blinding flashes of the obvious on my pilgrimage today, thanks to this quote.
Yes, there is the path of the Camino, one that has been well-worn, for centuries.
However, it is also true that each pilgrim makes their own path, by walking.
Each person’s journey is entirely unique, even if they are traveling on the same route. Our interior journeys, as we walk, are especially rich, different and varied.
What has most inspired me on my virtual pilgrimage on the Camino, so far, have been the personal memoirs of Camino pilgrims and The Art of Pilgrimage, by Phil Cousineau. Both of these sources, while being tremendously inspiring for me, have been about other people’s experiences that I have been responding to. So, in a way, I have been walking their Camino.
Now it is time for me to go it alone, to make my own path along the Camino, by walking.
I don’t know what this means for me, or for my sharing of the virtual pilgrimage in this blog. But I am sure that I will find out, by walking my own path. All I do know is that I Am Here.