Reality Revisited: Why Worry

First posted in December 2020. We have grown so much more than we ever thought we would, and we want to share our earlier posts. We aim to reflect on the early struggles of our grief, and what we went through without our mum. We are proud of where we have come from, and of where we are going. We hope you are as well.

If you are struggling with your grief, that is okay. You are not alone.


I’d recommend reading Gone Walking before this, if you haven’t already.

I heard a quote once about the Camino starting as soon as an individual decides to embark on the adventure – these words could not be more true. Upon reflection, I can see that my own personal Camino has been in full motion for well over a year. I had to journey through our mum’s illness and then embark on my own journey, without her. Up until when I arrived in Lugo (where I began the walk) this pre-camino had been hectic; oncologists, nurses, hospice teams, family and friends, bereavement counsellors. Life. Of course, all of this support is something that I am eternally grateful for. 

But for me, heading to Spain and completing the Camino was an opportunity to take away the crutches that have supported me this last year, and walk on my own. 

I crave time with my own thoughts, to support myself. Some people hate the quiet, some people are afraid to be by themselves. I thrive off of time with my introverted self. It gives me the opportunity to assess, from a safe distance, where I’ve been, where I am and where I am going next. 

On my first day I woke up at 6am, giddy with excitement. Excited by the thought that I was finally doing it for myself. Simply having to put one foot in front of the other following the sign of the Camino, it didn’t take long for me to delve into my head.

I asked myself, “Where have I been?”

“Through hell”. As dramatic as it may seem, the past seven years, ever since my mum uttered those 4 words – “I found a lump”- our biggest fear was that it would become terminal and she’d pass away. But it happened on the 19th June of last year. From then on, we only had three months left with our mum. Our biggest fear confirmed. Hell. 

I asked myself, “Where am I now?”

I’m in a pretty good position actually. I thought I’d never be able to endure this loss. But I suffered my biggest fear over the last 10 months and I’m still surviving it now. More than that, I finally feel as though I am in a position to start living again and putting myself  back together.

I asked myself, “Where am I going?” 

No idea, but that’s okay. I have time to work it out. But I’m pretty sure that I am heading in the right direction. I survived up until now, I am strong enough to carry on.


I will never understand why my mum had to leave us so early on in life. The unfairness of it all is something that I will probably never accept. Life is so cruel, but it’s life. 

I will always be so thankful for the time that my mum spent with me, it was an honour to have her on my journey. I trust that she taught me and prepared me for everything that life throws at us, no matter how unfair or heartbreaking. 

In Evee’s last post she shared Why Worry, by Dire Straits. I’m going to share it again. It was a very important song for my mum, and particularly poignant for me on the Camino. 

“ There should be laughter after pain

There should be sunshine after rain

These things have always been the same

So why worry now”

Why Worry – Dire Straits

One day you will look back in disbelief at all that you have survived. Little by little, you will see brighter days on your own journey and you will be able to smile and even laugh after all the pain you’ve endured. You will feel empowered.  We’ve all got such a long way to go, but we’re heading in the right direction and getting stronger all the time. And what a beautiful and powerful thing to be able to laugh after so much pain. So, why worry now? 

Arriving at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela


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25 thoughts on “Reality Revisited: Why Worry

  1. I’m an introvert ‘thriver’ too! (Possibly overly so? – Ah well, c’est la vie!) 🙂

    I’ve come to realise that life was not meant to meet my definition of ‘fair’, but that it can and often is at various times, quite beautiful. We should take full advantage of those times because inevitably there come the other kind.

    Life is not fair… but sometimes we can ‘balance’ it – with a little effort. 😉

    1. Ah a fellow ‘thriver’!

      Yes, and I think finding the beauty in life after everything it dishes out is what is important and all the more beautiful.

      Im working on that happy balance 😊

      Thanks for commenting!

      1. While you have had horrible experiences, and at quite a young age, you will benefit enormously from the knowledge that you are strong enough to overcome all that this life can throw at you.

        Hoping that balance of positive experiences now comes your way – you deserve them – you and Evee both! 🙂

    1. Hi Sean, thank you for sharing this post. It really means the world to us that there are people out there who can relate to our position and journey moving forward – the support is unbelievable 💗

  2. Coucou toi, mon Ami, Amie
    Je viens déposer
    Le soleil dans ton coeur
    Ma douceur dans ton âme
    Un ciel étoilé dans ton regard
    Lorsque ton coeur
    Parlera à mon coeur
    Nos âmes brûleront ,d’une douce chaleur
    Lorsque je viens te rendre visite
    Il me semble que je prends ta main
    Afin d’être unis d’une grande amitié Céleste
    Agréable journée ou soirée belle semaine
    Gros bisous Bernard

  3. Our challenges only make us stronger in the long run.. When we are in the midst of deep grief it feels a lot like drowning.. its waves at times rising and you do not know when the next one will hit but in time you learn to trust the wave has good intentions for you and you allow it to wash through more easily and cleanse your sore spaces, in time the waves die down… its just a journey.. such a journey and one we all have to face sooner or later.

  4. Thank you for sharing!!… all of us face the same journey in some manner and in time the grief is replaced by the love and memories stored in one’s heart and the heart will go on to know more love and create more memories, to look for the open door to happiness.. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.” (Alexander Graham Bell ).. 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May flowers always line your path
    and sunshine light your way,
    May songbirds serenade your
    every step along the way,
    May a rainbow run beside you
    in a sky that’s always blue,
    And may happiness fill your heart
    each day your whole life through.
    (Irish Saying)

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