Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Prelude

I love maps. Well to be more exact, it’s not that I love cartography, it’s that I like to know where I’m going.
I am a rule-follower; type-A, straight-laced, wound-tight, with a touch of OCD just for good measure. At the age of 29 this has led to its natural conclusion: My name is Jill and I’m a workaholic.
I’ve mapped out a lot of my life. It hasn’t all gone exactly as planned but I can’t complain about where I am or the journey so far. I also acknowledge the tremendous blessing of that last sentence.
And let’s be clear: this 40-day, 600-mile, solo trek, across 2 countries that are half the world away is not because of any existential crisis, it’s not for fear of any looming birthday and it’s sure not about “finding myself”. Those who know me would surely say I have a pretty good sense of who I am.
It is about embracing the maplessness of life. It is about looking at the next 3 years of my life and not seeing another opportunity to go do something BIG...for me, not the guy whose name is on the bumper sticker.
I’m not a blogger or a writer, and I can’t promise that you’ll want to read what I manage to find the energy and interest to post. Hell, I’m not sure I’ll be able to figure out how to work the damned thing from my iPhone.
But I do invite you to travel with me; see what I see, as I see it. Sign up to receive the posts by email below, and join me in becoming a Mapless Pilgrim.  


  1. I am interested in all things Camino and in following your travels.
    I am unable to put my email address on FeedBurner, so I will follow your travels on your Blogspot.
    I hope that you have a great Camino.
    Best wishes from DownUnder
    Peter Morgan

  2. LOL. You do well for someone that doesn't blog or write. I am soooo envious. I want to leave now. Lol.
    Be safe.............

  3. I'm wincing with you all the way, dear pilgrim - a word of advice from a multi-recidivist Camino addict - lighten that pack and go easy on yourself with all the blogging-introspection burden. Just open your heart & mind and forget the rest of the world for a while. It won't go away and this may be the best opportunity you'll ever get to get away from it all - how good is that?! Everything these days seems to be experienced through the camera lens - check it out in real time. Enjoy the view. I'm very jealous of you as I'm waiting for knee surgery so I can walk it again. I hope! Buen Camino, peregrine!