It is the simplicity of the Camino that resets the mind. You wake up; you walk; you eat; you sleep – all to be repeated for days until you reach your final destination. With my two prosthetic hips, I did face a few challenges, and since I am better designed to swimming, another one of my passions, I had a few “fits and starts” along the way. It was the best thing that I had ever done!
I returned home and found out that I had fallen completely in love with this “Camino de Santiago”. So much so, that I now have a goal to walk another 25 Caminos. There are pilgrimage routes all over Europe and the United Kingdom, which drives me to have my new life.
There was no going back to a regular job – to a job with a boss and set vacation days. When I did the numbers on where I am now, 48 years of age, my time is somewhat limited to achieve this great goal.
An online business was my only option – and The Perpetual Pilgrim was born. For me, to be perpetually on pilgrimage – both figuratively and literally.
The most significant change from this relatively short journey to where I am now, from the day I resigned, I have discovered my core values of freedom and adventure. I guess I always knew that they were there because if they weren’t my success in my corporate career would have been enough to make me completely happy.
It is those core values that changed my heart and mind during my pilgrimage. It was a spiritual awakening for me, and there was no going back to a life where I don’t “push my own wheelbarrow” as my old Dad used to say.
Now, today I am amazed at the progress that I have made in this digital space. It has been a voyage of self-discovery and finding out who I am and what sets my soul on fire.
I figure that so many other introverts out there might be lamenting with themselves about their own online business. It’s a bit scary to be honest, but once you overcome little hurdles and move into your space of strength, the opportunity to grow and help others grow is clear.
It is now my mission to support and encourage the quiet-one’s, to be confident to become louder about our magnificent selves. It will be a collaboration of people who appreciate the quiet approach to life, but at the same time be loud about it.
It will be their own Camino – their own path to living aligned with their core values.