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My Camino journey and beyond

Judith McKinney shares the challenges and rewards of her pilgrimage

My Camino journey and beyond Judith McKinney

Judith at the Sculpture on Alto Perdón

Judith at the Sculpture on Alto Perdón

LIKE ANY JOURNEY, be it physical or not, it starts with one step, and that is how I began my Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage (The Way of St James) in September 2017.

I was walking the Camino Francés, my starting point St Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. Lying in my bunk bed on that first night, listening to the cacophony of snores from the other pilgrims, something I would soon get used to, I was excited but also a bundle of nerves. What would the next month bring? My credencial’ (pilgrim passport) was safely packed and my viera (scallop shell, symbol of the Camino) hanging from my backpack. Was I really ready? I began to think about the French hostel owner’s words to me. “The Camino is not a race, rather a personal journey so listen to your body, accept your limitations and follow your own pace. When faced with a mountain, the best way to climb it is one little step after one little step.” He continued, “The [Camino] is magical, it teaches us the most important thing in life, also a biblical truth, which is to love ourselves. It draws the light out of us and causes it to shine around us, and finally, the Camino will give us what we need, not necessarily what we want.”

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