301 words by Simin Hashemi-Tehrani
Since I was as a little child, I dreamed of traveling across this planet. I wanted to see as much as possible to understand our world better. In 2018, life gave me the opportunity for such a journey, which I finished recently after 20 months.
Has life given me this chance because I wished for it or because it was part of my life plan?
After several months in Southeast Asia, Australia and South Pacific, I decided to walk the Camino Santiago in North Spain. The route I had chosen was 900 km long. Mostly I started before sunrise and hiked as long as my feet could carry me. The first five days were endlessly hot and exhausting. Every day, I thought about giving up. The worst part were my thoughts, which were constantly circulating around the past and future.
After a few days, my inner attitude changed. I surrendered to my thoughts. After all, I was alone in nature and nothing could distract me from myself. The sun became unbearably hot and my head was glowing. I begged nature for some shadow but my wish was denied. So I accepted the heat.
Slowly, my head became empty. Empty, like never before. It was exactly the kind of emptiness that I had always been afraid of. Strangely enough, it felt free and peaceful.
Soon after, I finally reached a wonderfully cool forest. How much had I wished for this! In the forest, I eavesdropped to the songs of the birds and the voice of my heart. An endless gratitude about life flowed through me.
Suddenly, I remembered Hitori’s words, a wise friend I had met in Malaysia: “The secret of life is the presence. Wishes mean not accepting and loving the presence.”
I finally understood the real meaning of his words.
About the author
Simin loves to reinvent herself again and again. For many years she worked as a marketing and communication expert in various international companies, was an entrepreneur and a single mum of two wonderful children. Her journey around the world led her path to her calling. Simin will be a certified coach, business trainer and change management consultant by the end of the year.