They say the first three weeks of the Camino are the physical journey. The second two are emotional. The last two allow the pilgrim to dwell into the spiritual realm. So far, I’m on track for the first part.
My heel, back of the knee and bottom outside of my left leg have plagued me, but not beyond endurance. I consider myself lucky.
I walked with a woman who had huge blisters all over her feet. Another had surgery in Pamplona, three days into her Camino. Every one of us has complaints: sore hips, backs, bottoms of feet (I also have this), arms, necks and various stages of blisters. Some mornings it feels like every part of the body aches.
Even if I’m still in my first two weeks, I’ve already started on the second part. Occasionally, a gush of anger threatens to rip open my chest and spill out on those around me. The first time I felt it coming, unsure what the results would be, I dampened the geyser in order to prevent hurting others.
Turns out all it wanted to do was turn inwards. It makes me wonder how much of the anger and frustration we hold deep inside are emotions towards ourselves and not others. Part of me is afraid of what else the Camino will reveal.