Friday, July 20, 2018
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On the Camino de Santiago, Day 7: Drawing lots of encouragement from small things

Day 7: Estella to Torres del Río – 29.3 km – 10 hours

Thoughts of friends and family have filled my mind today. I take this challenge on alone, but I wouldn't be prepared for it without the love and support of the people closest to me. I carry reminders of those I love with me along the way: some in the form of words, poems and notes; others in the form of gifts or objects; and many in my heart and in my thoughts.

I draw upon these things for encouragement throughout my day. At the most difficult of times, when I feel as though I'm hitting a physical or emotional wall, I can quickly remind myself that I am surrounded by people that genuinely care for, love and support me.

I've found encouragement and inspiration in small things and moments as well. The things that we often overlook in our everyday lives. The moments that we are often too busy or stressed out to enjoy and appreciate. The smiles on strangers' faces that we too often look right past. A spot of shade on a hot summer day. A mouthwatering slice of fruit.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Tina (from Taiwan) pauses momentarily under a rare spot of shade between Los Arcos and Torres del Río.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Cards, poems and notes given to me by some of the people I love the most. I keep them with my passport and credencial, and read them throughout the day when I need a reminder to smile.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A bicycle bell attached to my hip belt as a reminder of the person who loaned it to me. I especially enjoy ringing it on a quiet stretch of trail, and every time I go through a tunnel.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Gifts given to me by some very special students and their families. The sweatband has been a staple in my Camino wardrobe. The necklace reads "unless." It comes from one of my favorite books, Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

Nothing is going to get better.

It's not."

The Camino is home to a lot of people who care a whole awful lot and gives me hope that things may get better.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A set of bracelets from my mother and sister; a blend of essential oils created by my cousin; and a strip of tape that helps with hotspots and blisters.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The trick to a good night's sleep: eye mask and earplugs given to me to by my father, and a tiny headlamp. The earplugs have become my most valuable possession.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A gift from the peacocks of Castelo de São Jorge. The feather fell from the trees and has traveled with me ever since.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

Our little group of hot, tired and sweaty pilgrims cheered as a fellow peregrino pulled out a melon from his bag to share with those of us hiding from the sun.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

A quiet place and time alone to relax, stretch and reflect on the day as the sun sets.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

This inscription over a cemetery portal translates: "You are what I once was, and will be what I am now". A reminder that life is short and precious.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

My Camino passport after 8 days.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi – Special to the Times

The stamp for Guesthouse Hostal Rural San Andrés in Torres del Río, Navarre, where I spent the night.

Kelly Osborne-Rozgonyi, 29, of St. Petersburg, FL., is a teacher at Country Day School in Largo, FL. She is currently in Europe walking the 500-mile Camino De Santiago. She is sending the Times a daily blog post about her solo journey, which is expected to last 33 days. You can e-mail Kelly at [email protected], though you might not hear back until after she returns.

Read the post for Day 8 of Kelly's Camino.

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