“How are you?”
But are you? Do you even know what wellness is? It might not be what you think…
The World Health Organization defines wellness as ‘an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.’
At the age of 59, I definitely wasn’t well. I’d allowed the lifelong neurological condition known as dyspraxia and a 30-year battle with chronic migraines and back pain to immobilise me. At that point, all I saw was my life getting narrower and narrower. I wasn’t ready for that.
But what could I do?
The answers that came surprised me. First, assume responsibility for my health, rather than keep asking others to sort it out for me. Second, listen to my instinct. Doing these two things went against everything I’d ever been taught. But I did them anyway.
Where did they lead me? To a 34-day backpacking adventure along the centuries-old, 800-kilometre Camino de Santiago pilgrim trail across northern Spain.
A step in a different direction
It’s bonkers. Why would anyone on the cusp of retirement, in poor health and with no previous backpacking or hiking experience do such a thing?
I can only answer with the benefit of hindsight and the evidence of my own body. Because since I made the decision to walk into wellness, I’ve completed 4,000 pain-free kilometres across Europe and I’m now healthier, happier and more whole than I’ve ever been.
That decision to walk into wellness opened me up to the mystical stuff that happens when we allow the two primal activities of listening to our instinct and walking to weave wonders in our life.
In my case, as well as bringing me better health, it brought me back to my childhood dream of writing a book, and that’s what I want to share with you now.
Are you curious about how this mystical stuff works and what it could do for you? If so, take this chance to find out more about it and some of my life-changing experiences in three free advance chapters of my book.
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