“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” ―Andy Dufresne, Shawshank Redemption
I just re-watched The Shawshank Redemption, a movie that never fails to bring me to tears. There are a number of heart-wrenching scenes but one of the most provocative moments in this film is when Andy, the protagonist remarks, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice really; get busy living or get busy dying.”
The line struck me as particularly poignant tonight as I worked on my packing list for my upcoming Camino. Committing to making a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela on the Camino Francés this summer has been, I think, more than a simple decision to walk a long distance in a foreign country. I am coming to believe that it’s a living metaphor for making a choice to truly live rather than to simply go through the motions of living. For the first time in longer than I care to admit, I feel what is commonly referred to as joie de vivre.
I believe this journey has already begun to affect me profoundly in ways I am only just beginning to be aware of. I look forward to seeing where this path leads me.
“Ultreya” my friends and fellow [email protected].