Once completing my packing, with a mere eight books stuffed in, I decided to revise the very basic Spanish I once knew. Yesterday I went completely blank when trying to write thank you in Espana-ese so a bit of revision was much needed. When I opened the notebook that I used on the Camino last year, a note I jotted during recovery day in Santiago fell out. It is about six things that I wanted to focus on after the Camino reflection time. It tickled me that number one was improve my Spanish…graci…what is it again?!
Thankfully I’ve done a bit better with some of the others.
The rest were:
1. Take more time to reflect on how what I’m doing on a day-to-day basis compares to what I want to be doing long term.
2. Invest time each day speaking to people.
3. Write, write and write.
4. Spend more spare time in the outdoors.
5. Try to leave work on time more often. Remember that leaving work until tomorrow is not a sign of weakness – it means you have a life.
I still work too late too often, tonight for example, and I can never spend enough time in the outdoors. But, looking at that list, I think I am in a better place than I was last year. I’m certainly feeling more in control of my myasthenia and more comfortable in my own skin.
It will be interesting to see what this year’s experience leaves me with and what it inspires me to aim for. No matter how beautiful London was this evening, I’m more than ready for a break.