It’s nearly 3 months now since I finished my Camino, and I feel confident I can now list some permanent changes as a result of the walk.
I will restrict this list to those “outward” changes that are most obvious, not the inner recalibrations and reshufflings that have occurred as a result of the walk, and are more significant than this following list.
But this list of “little things” indicates greater and deeper change underneath.
- I don’t wear glasses anymore – I wore gasses for fifteen years before the Camino.
- I don’t do Facebook anymore. – I used to be all over it, every day. I have no interest in, or tolerance for, small talk since coming back.
- I don’t buy things anymore, unless I really need them.
- I don’t worry as much. Not much bothers me anymore. I’m calmer.
- I am slowly and steadily getting rid of things I don’t need.
- I don’t collect plastic bags anymore. I used to never throw out a plastic bag, in case I needed it. That habit is now gone.
- I don’t shoot with my big professional camera anymore. And I’m thinking of getting rid of it, and replacing it with a small mirrorless system.
- I don’t turn on the house alarm at night. I used to do this as a matter of course.
- I don’t watch or listen to the news obsessively, as I used to.
- I cook more.
- I drink more water.
- I’ve become frugal.
- I don’t shave daily anymore.
- I don’t walk anymore. My knee’s buggered.
- I’m writing a blog daily, and have created a forum.
- I’m writing a book.
- I liaise with a nun.
Who’d have thought that a “simple” walk could initiate such change – and I haven’t even begun to talk about the deeper stuff…