First Gear

That waterlogged sign marking my first blog post has been haunting me lately. Oh, there are many excuses, mainly related to “nothing much to write about”. But this is a journey, and one has to get out of neutral and engage first gear to get anywhere. In fact, the better analogy is to get off the couch in the nice warm living room, put on some sturdy walking boots and take the first few tentative steps outside the front door. Into the cold, lonely, frightening. Unknown.

There! One paragraph down, and we’re flying now. Ok, maybe not, but we’re mobile.

Which reminds me of an old dream. To walk the Camino de Santiago. It’s good to nail the colours to the mast. Now it’s out there. It’s got to be done. Sometime soon. Well, not this year, that’s already spoken for. Next year I’m reaching a milestone birthday. Then it’s got to happen. It won’t be the whole route, not even half. It will be first gear all over again, slipping away from work for a week or two.

There’s a new sleeping partner. Not my wife.  Nevertheless, a legitimate one. It’s a shiny CPAP machine courtesy of the National Health Service, parked on my bedside table. Sleep apnoea has ruined my rest for more than a decade, so this has to be seen as a blessing. And so it is. Funny how something so restrictive, uncomfortable, suffocating even, can also be so liberating at the same time.

This is how I see it. There’s much to accomplish, a new year ahead. Challenges. Making new year’s resolutions is not what this is about. I’m not making any. This is just announcing my participation. I don’t know what 2013 brings, but I’ll be there at the end, God willing.

Are you with me?



5 thoughts on “First Gear

  1. Did not realise that you had so suffered from sleep apnoea (had to check the spelling there) but delighted that the machine makes a difference now. Sleep is so sweet. How about a post on a memorable walk that you have done in the past? What is it about walking that so stirs your spirit now?

    1. I didn’t realise either till we did the tests. All I knew was I woke up tired.
      All those memorable walks were such a long time ago. This is why I have to go out and do some new ones.
      But perhaps I’ll remember snippets and write about them.
      My spirit has been stirred by the call of the Camino. The more I read about it the more I want to do it. I think what particularly appeals to me is the simplicity of the goal, the shared experience, the stories. Just read a book written in the style of the Canterbury Tales:

      Couldn’t put it down and finished it in one sitting.

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