I made it to the hardest destination of this life so far — mentally, physically and emotionally exhausted yet exhilarated at the same time. I sometimes questioned my ability to complete this goal.
From the beginning of the actualization, and even prior to the birth of the thought of creating this idea, that is “The Way” for many and my current pilgrimage — the Camino de Santiago. A major part of this journey involves honoring my much beloved family.
A motivation for achieving the end of this particular portion of my journey and much of my life has been marked by the date of September 26. This date marks the fourth year of living life on this planet without my dear, mother and friend.
Mother completed her journey in this life on September 26, 2011. It was and remains an unforgettable accident involving a teenage driver who was texting. The young girl lost control of the vehicle, hit my mother’s car head on and ended her life.
This moment impacted families from all sides.
I had given myself a date of arrival of Sept. 26 as an ending date of my Camino walk to Santiago, Spain. As I arrived, I placed pictures of my mother, my father who ended his incredible life journey 26 years ago, and little Harley, who lost her life too early as well.
This pilgrimage in part is dedicated to these dear ones and helps me find a peace and existences in a life filled with joys, loss, sorrow and amazing accomplishments.
My mother and her living example continue to mean so much to myself and everyone who knew her. She touched so many lives in a positive way.
The major ending of this incredible journey is now the greatest of beginnings.
I have walked more than 700 miles across mountain ranges, rocky patches and many rough terrains. The Camino passage at first was an idea, an incredible possibility against obstacles in life. Some of my obstacles included overcoming health issues, fears, and perceived limitations.
It is time to continue to take journeys through life and to make what seems the impossible and unproven in abilities a reality. Everyone is always on a journey or path that takes them far and wide against the grain. It is time to feel, see, and say what is out there or inside that is limiting me now.
Prior to this moment, life was lived out with preconceived notions and often prevented action against the tides and turns. Life has taken me to different places, allowed me to experience worlds and other people who are both open to living, as well as being an instrument of peace for the new world to come.
I better understand myself and my life and I want to continue this life’s journey free of stakes that provide a limiting perimeter and free from that which encumbers me. I move forward with forethought of a future defined with limits removed and a peach and truth that allows the mind and body to be in tune.
No more living off key.
My thoughts are to continue to exist in peace and no longer live in the ruin of a tortured journey. In all ways, the Camino represents the life of millions of pilgrims and forefathers who learned along the way that every day is a new day.
Yesterday is nothing when allowing the self to be present. Simply begin again — just like a new babe returning to the womb and starting again. Ever after is where you will find yourself and your true rite of passage.
An entirely different life can be started at any moment just as you are.
Some things our dear friends shared on this date in 2015. Many are young friends who found a loving “grandma” who welcomed them into her family. Mother was there for anyone, where ever she went.
Amanda said Sept. 26, 2015 that, “No two people grieve the same way, and what people need to understand is that no amount of time is going to change what we feel. Our loss will be our loss forever. Today marks four years without grandma Loretta, missing you dearly.”
Tina: “Your mother meant A LOT to our family. She was such a special woman that gave every ounce to her loved ones. Your family was so deeply loved by her and I know you all miss her every second of every day. She had a role in our family and is very loved. The kids thought of her as their grandma.”
John Larimer, a 56-year-old resident of Camden Point, Mo., recently completed a 500-mile walk across Spain known as the Camino de Santiago. John began traveling abroad at the age of 16 and developed a passion and love for exploring history and other countries.