Choices and Changes
I’ve always believed that life is a journey from birth to death on which we are given opportunities to learn and grow.
Who we become, and how our lives turn out depends on the choices we make, and which learning opportunities we accept, which we decide not to pursue.
I think our choices are linked together like a long chain. What we decide at one point, dictates to a degree what our next set of choices will be. The links work together, shaping us into the kind of person we eventually become.
I enjoy reading biographies, and listening to life stories. They remind me how diverse our life choices are, as well as often, how surprising and unexpected the resultant changes can be.
When I reflect on my own life,I often wonder who or where I would be if I had made different choices. I’m sure this occurs to everyone from time to time.
For the past couple of years, I have been engrossed in peoples’ accounts of the Camino. Not one has said they didn’t experience any changes at all – and some are astonishing by the degree of change described.
There are people who, having walked the Camino, went home, quit their jobs, dug up their roots and moved to Spain just to always be close to the Camino, this great agent of change!
I’ve noticed, though, that most of the people I’m learning about have been in the last half of their lives ; whether for economic reasons or otherwise, many pilgrims don’t make it to the Camino until they are older.
Here’s what I’m getting at –
Taking into account what the Camino has taught you about yourself and your life, how do you think that knowledge would have changed the person you became , if you had learned those things when you were younger?
Would you have made the same choices about what you wanted to do with your life, or who you spent it with?How would knowing more about who you are have played out ,if you had known it at the age when you were making life and career choices?
Would you have chosen the same lifestyle? How would the changes brought into your life on the Camino have shaped the choices you made about what you wanted your life to be?