I have been back home from my Camino trip for 8 weeks now. During that time I have struggled with how to incorporate my new Camino insights, fitness levels and attitudes into my old lifestyle. I have spent over a year of my life focused on training, preparing for and walking the Camino Frances. Now I am back home restless and confused on next steps. I still feel the energy and drive without another outlet or adventure to plan for. I have just experienced 45 days of freedom as a Camino Pilgrim walking each day without the usual work, family and life demands. For 45 days I followed yellow arrows and other Camino markers through medieval villages, country and forest pathways, mountain trails and historical Spanish cities. Each day was the simple adventure of walking from Point A to Point B to new locations and experiences… Freedom to enjoy each new day just focused on me and my walking partner(s) enjoying the magic of the Camino and the endearing support of fellow pilgrims and the local communities along the way.
I came home with great memories, over a thousand pictures, an amazing fitness level and a sense of purpose and adventure. Now what? Back to the daily routines of work, family and regular life with most of your day scheduled and locked in. How can I keep some of that Camino magic and incorporate the special sense of freedom and adventure into my regular daily life? I felt changed at my core when I returned yet as each day passed I felt the Camino magic slipping away and still could not make small changes in my life to keep the magic alive.
I am still walking, with my poles and hiking boots. I am cataloguing my Camino pictures. I am finishing my yoga exam which I put on hold in the last 2 months of my Camino Training. I am reviewing the Camino notes I kept daily with Evernote as well as my Facebook posts. I am reliving Camino memories as I do these tasks, and it helps me deal with the restlessness I feel as I get back into my regular routine which means sedentary and office bound again.
I have decided that I will write a book on my Camino planning, training and walking adding the many insights and adventures that came out the trip. I have done an initial mind-map of the book outline. I think writing and saving my Camino experiences will help me move on to my next adventure. I hope it will help others plan and enjoy the journey as much as I did.
It would be great to get your comments on the book outline. You can contact me via email or telephone or leave a comment right here on the site. I will continue to give updates on how the writing goes.