Confidence – bringing my Camino-self home.

I still remember to this day the words a section manager at my workplace told me a number of years ago.

“You’re your own worst enemy”.

He knew me from working with me day in and out. And I agreed with him. I’m sure a lot of you can relate to this. Having a lack of self-belief can stop us achieving goals. I certainly had a few goals I wanted to achieve, but a voice inside this little head of mine kept plugging away…”I can’t”, it said.

So I didn’t.

I’m sure I would be in a different position to where I am today – both in and out of work – if I had a little more self belief.

One evening, while watching one of Anthony Suzuki’s brilliant “Beyond The Way” videos before he walked the Camino Frances in 2015, he explained that he didn’t have a great amount of faith in himself to arrive in Santiago. It was then that he brought up the famous story by Dr. Suess “Oh, the Places You’ll go”. In it, Dr. Suess says:-

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go”.

Andrew used this piece as motivation, he gained a little faith in himself and he completed his Camino. I had never heard of this story until it was brought up in the video and it was a great eye-opener for me. The difference is, for me, while on Camino, I have no shortage of confidence or self belief. I open up and bloom. I love meeting people, telling stories and I suppose I am the opposite to who I am at home. So you can see why I return to the Camino year on year.

The trick is adopt this attitude to everyday life at home. The above few lines push me in the right direction.

 

3 thoughts on “Confidence – bringing my Camino-self home.

  1. I agree completely with this: I feel like the best version of myself when I’m on the Camino, and that’s a feeling I want to keep chasing. It feels so easy to find it on the Camino, and I know it’s one reason that I love returning to walk… but the REAL trick is to find it at home. I’m working on ways to do this (and also working on a resource for other pilgrims… how to navigate the time after the Camino. Don’t know if there will be much interest but it’s something I’ve seen come up a lot, so I’m hoping it could be of some help!).

    Buen Camino, friend!

    • I know where you are coming from. I’ve immersed myself in the Camino Society in Ireland including in the information centre. I get a great kick from being involved with this group of people. It’s more than “giving back”. I’m returning to the Camino in a month even though I am in the middle of moving home. I’m planning for Spring 2018 also even though I will be have to be financially strict!

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