Fam­ily re­united af­ter 500 miles

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Talk Tv -

FIN­ISH Two land­mark events hap­pened to me this week.

First, I com­pleted my 500-mile trek along the Camino de San­ti­ago with my brother Ian over 28 days. And, more im­por­tantly, I was re­united with my wife Sarah and youngest child Ol­lie who I had not seen for over a month.

It’s the long­est we have been apart and be­ing re­united for a few days (be­fore I set off again for an­other trek) feels so good.

The Camino con­tin­ued to be an en­light­en­ing jour­ney. I bumped into Pat from Texas a few times this week. He is a few years older than me at 65 and we talked about why he felt the urge to be walk­ing in Spain on his own as he had the start of Parkin­son’s (I had no­ticed his hands shak­ing). He is a man on a sim­i­lar jour­ney to me, re­al­is­ing that now is the time for ac­tion “be­cause he can” and mak­ing the most of ev­ery day.

At one rest stop you drink a bot­tle of pil­grim’s ale and they give you a pen to write on your bot­tle and add it to the thou­sands of oth­ers on the many bot­tle trees.

I wrote words for my fam­ily and those like me with prostate can­cer. I have no idea if they will ever be read but it was kind of spir­i­tual writ­ing some­thing. To­gether with speak­ing to Pat, it made me think how I must tell peo­ple how im­por­tant they are to me while I can as I can’t leave it to chance peo­ple know­ing.

Is there some­one you haven’t told what they mean to you lately, why not call them to­day?

Un­til next week Kev

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