Written in the stars

Isn’t it funny how when you make a huge decision to do something out of the ordinary or sometimes even something selfless and good, all the pieces start fitting in to place of their own accord, like the universe is telling you – this is what you are meant to be doing right now.

On Tuesday I finished reading ‘The year we seized the day’ and decided to walk the Camino de Santiago.

On wednesday I went in to town to look at new hiking boots and found that all the outdoors shops were having sales.

On Thursday I told my mother what I was planning and she didn’t disown me or have me committed – in fact she offered her frequent flyer points to help get me there!

On Friday I received a promotional email from Jetstar about their friday sale fares and booked a round trip to Singapore for $438.  If I have enough frequent flyer points I could cover the cost of my fare from Singapore to Paris and only have to pay for the Paris-Singapore fare on the way back – this could be the cheapest journey to Europe ever!  AND My brother is heading out to Europe for an undetermined amount of time when I’m on my way back and we cross paths for a few hours in Singapore.

Then, out of curiosity, I checked my horoscope.  I’ve always believed certain personality traits etc are common to people of the same sign, it seems more than coincidence that it keeps happening.  However I don’t usually set much store in the daily horoscope because I believe that a lot of them are completely made up and designedly ambiguous so you could really apply them to any situation, but this time it was different.  Cancer:  “You are bold, daring and enterprising during this time.  You feel hemmed in by present circumstances and feel an uncontrollable urge to enlarge your vistas.  Your restless need to accomplish more and break free of present limitations may inspire you to seek a new job, look at new places to live that offer more opportunities, increase advertising of products that you market, or peruse business opportunities in your local area”.

Ok, if you look at the last bit with a bit of liberal interpretation and don’t limit yourself to the options suggested you could ‘be inspired to go on a crazy journey’ instead.  Or it could be talking about my desire to study medicine and imply that my results for last weekend’s GAMSAT (medical entry exam) are going to be phenomenal and I’ll be offered a place into the school of my choice…

I think I’ll go with the crazy journey now 🙂
And ‘enlarge your vistas’ – how much more enlarged can you get than a pilgrim trail across Spain?!

Where was I – oh yes, Saturday (today) I went through mum’s drawer of hiking gear and found; waterproof over-pants, gaiters, a dry sack (only 1L but still useful), a hat with a brim that goes all the way around and isn’t ridiculously large and inappropriate like my travel hat, hiking pants with zip-off legs, shorts and hiking poles.

Yep, hiking poles.  I am now faced with a tough decision.  Do I become the uncool hiker with extendable ski-pole-like walking aids OR, do I find myself a nice branch I can use as a walking stick along the way (preferably in the first 10 minutes or my knees will hate me sooner than necessary) thus joining the ranks of the ‘cool’.  It just doesn’t seem right to be doing a pilgrim trail with hiking poles, a wooden walking stick, however, seems perfect.  Then again, I do have a super-light ultra fancy-looking hiking pack that happens to be a very bright colour so I might just stick out anyway.  Tough decision!

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