The Walk that Changed My Life

What is your greatest accomplishment?

It is common in literature, poetry, and musical lyrics to use walking as a metaphor for life. This past summer, that metaphor took on a whole new meaning for me. In twenty-six long days, I walked about 700 kilometers across Northern Spain — from Pamplona to Santiago De Compostela. This journey is called the Camino De Santiago and is an ancient pilgrimage that originated over 1000 years ago. Arriving in Santiago De Compostela — after walking fifteen to twenty miles each day, after countless blisters and pulled muscles, after feeling so broken and beaten down that the end goal seemed unattainable — was sensational. I still get chills when I remember that moment. That is why walking the Camino De Santiago is my greatest accomplishment.

I remember clear as day the moment I decided to take on this challenge. I was sitting in a booth at BJ’s Restaurant and my mom asked if I would be interested in joining a pilgrimage in Spain over summer. I immediately agreed. I knew it would be tough, but when I decide to do something, nothing can stop me from attaining my goal. I began preparing myself emotionally and physically, but there was nothing I could have done to prepare myself for the adventure I was about to embark on. Finally, after...

Join Now to View Premium Content

GradeSaver provides access to 2100 study guide PDFs and quizzes, 10958 literature essays, 2742 sample college application essays, 820 lesson plans, and ad-free surfing in this premium content, “Members Only” section of the site! Membership includes a 10% discount on all editing orders.

Join Now

Already a member? Log in