I finally watched the movie "The Way" by Emilio Estevez and starring his real life father and fellow actor, Martin Sheen. The movie is about Tom (Martin Sheen), an American Doctor, who decides to walk the El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), which is what his estranged son, Daniel (Emilio Estevez), was doing before he died. Daniel was on the pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Northwestern Spain when he was caught in bad weather.
His father decides to do the pilgrimage and finish what his son started. During his walk, he meets up with three unlikely companions and the four of them embark on this amazing road to self discovery.
This movie is perfect for any traveler to watch because there are so many similarities in the experiences and self discoveries that we all make when we travel to see the world. There are so many different lessons to learn in this movie and they are conveyed with such emotion, human drama, spirituality, and humor.
- The relationships (past, present and new) that we have and/or make in life are so important. For as many solo trips as I have done since 2005, there is not a single one which I have done completely by myself. I have had the help from my family, friends, co-workers and my blogging and travel friends. The journey we take in life cannot be done alone. We need each other and for many of us we need faith.
- It's about the choices that we make in life. Not only do we have to do whatever it is that makes us happy, we also have to be happy with who we are.
- It's about self discovery. Life is always changing and it's never too late to take another path in order to be happy. I love the transformation of the main character toward the end of the movie.
- And lastly, I would love to visit this part of Spain! :)
"One's destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things." ~ Henry Miller.