A few months ago, my husband asked me to watch a movie with him called The Way starring Martin Sheen and directed by his son, Emilio Estevez. In the wake of the loss of his son, Thomas Avery decides to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 776 km pilgrimage across Spain also known as The Way of St. James. The images in the movie were stunning and breathtaking. After having lost my oldest son in 2014, I really connected to the movie. Each person takes a stone with them that symbolizes their burdens. Along their pilgrimage they are able to lay the stones in an area to symbolize leaving their burdens behind.
The journey ends for most at the Praza Obradoiro Cathedral. The images of the Cathedral brought tears to our eyes.
The journey takes at least a month and many walk all the way to the ocean. Some start further into France before reaching Spain. There are numerous documentaries and one we enjoyed is called Walking the Camino. This movie affirmed my decision to add this pilgrimage to my bucket list.
It may be years until I am physically able to complete this journey let alone getting the time off of work, but I decided to start my journey now. I am not able to actually fly to the beginning of the Camino at St. Jean Pied De Port, but I can walk daily to overcome the physical discomforts of muscular dystrophy, lessen the depression and anxiety of daily life and loss, and strengthen my mind and body for something great which I hope to achieve. Here are pictures of my Camino:
I walk to the courthouse at least twice a day and always encounter beauty, whether it’s a sparrow in the grass or patterns on the sidewalk. The flower garden in Gibson Park is full of color. The River’s Edge Trail by Rainbow Dam is so peaceful and is also my favorite place to walk.
My sister and I walked the M trail behind the University of Missoula (go Griz!) and she inspired and encouraged me to keep walking and improving. Thanks Sis! I will always be thankful that my husband introduced me to the Camino de Santiago and we both hope to make the journey together one day. Check out the movie on Netflix and see if you can walk away without being inspired. Much hugs and love to you all!