Patrick and I did a pilgrimage called the Camino de Santiago. Walking was important, and amazing, and filled with wonder. But the special part wasn’t only the walking. Some magic happened at the end of the day.
As we rested and tended to our blisters in a new Albergue, we’d sit and laugh and share what happened along our journey that day. Sometimes it was wacky, sometimes sad. We’d talk about epiphanies we had when we were walking or riding, something we thought about, something we’ve felt. The sense of community we felt can’t really be put into words.
That’s why we started sharing our “weekly ride,” to try to recreate that magic in this new community we’ve started.
The Uphill Climbs (The Challenges)
- We lost a very special soul this week. And my heart is aching. I don’t know what else to say.
Coasting Downhill (The Celebrations)
- I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my family this week. We’ve cried and laughed as we thumbed through photographs and shared different stories. I’m celebrating the time we had with her. It was such a gift. I’m celebrating that we have so many sweet memories.
That’s it for me.
Please join in and help us bring back the magic of sharing experiences after a trek.
What were your Uphill Climbs?
What part of your week felt like you were coasting downhill with the wind blowing through your hair?
Melissa Spiegelman is the founder of Tandem Teaching, where she provides strategies and solutions for parents whose children are experiencing classroom struggles, and an expert consultant to the USC/LAUSD/RAND/UCLA Trauma Services Adaptation Center for Resilience, Hope and Wellness in Schools. Melissa also teaches art playgroups for toddlers. Contact her for a private coaching session.