previousnextWhat follows are my diary entries as I walked the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage…
Sep 30, 2013
Obviously I’ve lost my marbles… A week from today I will be starting the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage, a 1200km walk around the island of Shikoku in Japan, visiting as the name suggests… 88 temples. I will be joined by Dave, the guy I met on the coast to coast, and the only other person crazy enough to attempt this with me… I say attempt as we will be camping and carrying all our gear, fighting off wild boars, poisonous snakes and 20cm long venomous centipedes.
(There should hopefully be some sushi, sake and karaoke in the mix as well).
I keep asking myself why I’m walking again, haven’t I suspended reality for long enough? Shouldn’t I be working or studying, figuring out what to do with my life and where to live? And why didn’t the answers come to me on the camino?
And then I found this quote on a blog (http://henro2009.wordpress.com/) and fell in love with the Bohemian-Austrian poet, Rainer Maria Rilke:
“You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you… to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) from Letters to a Young Poet
Ok, so I’m not that young anymore, but I still like it!
Temple 1 here I come!