21st Aug. One year ago I completed the sale of my house, car and furniture and disposed of everything else that didn’t fit into my rucksack. Since then, I have traveled, worked and lived with little more than the contents of that rucksack. I set off that day to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage across Spain, which I hoped would be the first stage of a new way of walking through life for me. The previous years had been spent living to the dictates of others, not being true to myself and my values, and destroying my spirit in the process. For a season, I wanted to simplify my life to concentrate on “finding myself” and figuring out what’s “essential”. Here’s what I’ve found so far:
- Life truly is a precious gift; I want to be thankful every day and I don’t want to waste a minute of my life being angry.
- If I walk one mile at a time, climb one step at a time and take one day at a time, I can walk across countries, climb mountains and survive life’s challenges.
- I haven’t figured out how to make loads of money in my sleep but I have figured out that I don’t need loads of money (or stuff) to be happy.
- Mental, spiritual and physical health is important; good food, meditation, prayer and exercise keeps me healthy.
- There are many other people like me pursuing an alternative to the consumption addicted, obese, medicated, destructive lifestyle that is commonplace.
One year in, I know my journey has only just begun. I don’t know how long my season will last, but I am increasingly contented with my simple, minimalist lifestyle and I’m excited about continuing my journey. There is so much adventure, beauty and love in this world to discover, I’m determined to experience as much as I can before I kick the bucket.