“It’s too late” – such a statement, thought, feeling, sometimes comes to our mind. “It’s not for me”, “Not anymore“, “I’m done with such things” – these are other kinds of the same generalization that we conclude from our life.
We usually perceive our life as an object. “From life, from the apple cut by the flaming knife, what grain will be saved? ” – Poet asked.
So we see our life and ourselves as something determined, finite, having a certain shape and properties, certain features. It’s a mistake. The error of thinking, which wants to put everything into a certain network of meanings and images, in order to be able to move through such a world, created by our consciousness.
Meanwhile, life is a process, it is something that happens just now and in a moment, and it will happen again. Life is a movement, not some being or an object. Life is a journey. In the end, life is a pilgrimage.
So what we are is constant movement, heading for somewhere or something. We cannnot stop moving through time, events, the circumstances of our lives. We can, due to our mistake, stop in development, in having hope or just in space.
Pilgrim is always on the move. Not because he act against himself through sheer will, but because he is a pilgrim, he is a man on the way.
It is never too late for our biggest dreams and expectations. It is never too late for the “Way”. It doesn’t matter if we reach our destination physically. The only what matters is whether we will strive for it with all the hope and courage we have.
It is this pursuit and effort that lead us out of our – sometimes so closed – privisional, daily life to the paths and ways leading towards GOAL. This is how we become pilgrims, the people for whom it’s never too late: “to put shoes on”, to say “goodbye”, to everything what they knew so far, and move towards heart is longing for.
And in the end, wouldn’t be great to see these words describing just us: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith“.
If you wold like to see how it was to walk from my home town to Santiago de Compostela, about 3700km, here is the LINK for you 🙂
You may also see pictures from every day of this 120 days pilgrimage on this site.