Trad Dad

Gazing up at the sky over Santiago de Compostela I felt everything was possible now. After a 1000km of walking across Spain on the Camino de Santiago my body was lean and my mind refreshed. Pilgrim stories bounced around my head interweaving with the ever present soundtrack of ‘Celtic’ Galicia. I would never return to the humdrum life.

Back in England, despite my best intentions, I took an easier route. Jumped back on the work express took the pay cheque. But all the time something told me that other worlds were possible. I fell in love; a daughter came into my life. Her whole being constantly threw at me questions about my integrity, about walking the walk as I had challenged so many people to do since my Camino experience.

So I jumped off the express where I thought the landing would be soft enough and decided to follow my heart, inspire my daughter and keep the flame lit that my partner recognised in me when we first met.

This blog is a record of my thoughts, actions and results as I work towards my dream of another world filled with the sounds, smells and tastes of the Iberian Atlantic Coast, a happy growing family, a PhD and lots and lots of flute playing.

Watching the tragic events unfolding in Santiago de Compostela over the last two weeks in July 2013 my heart was deeply saddened but I was reminded of that night sky in the city of stars and the gift of life that I had. So this is me getting on with it, the Camino has only just begun.

7 comments

  1. T x says:

    Love your outlook Mike, best of luck following your dream xx

  2. Phil says:

    Sounds to me as though you’re on a spiritual journey, perhaps you should visit Whitam Road Curch. Or the forthcoming ‘Mind Body & Spirit Fair’ at Elsecar Heritage Centre, 24,25 Aug. Look forward to reading more from your blog.

    • Mike says:

      Thanks for the message. I hope you’ll read the blog in the future. The church thing is not for me, although it was the Camino de Santiago that sparked my love of Galicia and Asturias.

  3. Pauline says:

    Hi Mike

    You’re a sound man, in all senses of the word, and I’m proud to know you and your gorgeous daughter.

    Regards

    Pauline

  4. Fee says:

    Fantastic piece on the Camino. Really enjoyed reading it, a well written, strong, poignant story. I like so many have dreamed of doing the Camino for many years and I feel I am after reading this blog for a reason. Thank you So much for sharing, for being true and thoughtful but most of all for following your dream. X

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much Fee.If it’s calling you go. Each one I’ve done, ranging from one day to six weeks, have taught significant lessons. Your response has prompted me to think about my Camino. I feel another blog coming on! Let me know how you get on and if you need any info on the Camino give me a shout.

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