WorldPeople is our weekly series to introduce you to the amazing people we meet on our journey – and share the life lessons we’ve learned from spending time with fellow WorldTowners, as well as locals.
Camino de Santiago, Spain
Name: I don’t know
Birth country: Italy
What makes her a wonderful human: She is an inspirational mother.
I don’t have a picture, nor do I have her name, but I must share her story with you.
As many of you know, we are hiking 780 km (500 miles) from France to western Spain. Most people do it in 35 days with two rest days, but we will take much longer as we plan to stop to work along the way. On this journey we hike, reflect, connect and we chat with others. We may only be six days into the adventure, but we sure have heard some amazing stories thus far. And Miss Italy (as we will call her for the purpose of this post) has a story worth sharing. This will inspire many.
Miss Italy plans to hike the entire Camino Frances like many others, but she will do it with a one-year-old child and no partner. Yes, she is hiking with a baby. We refer to her as “supermom” on the trail. Miss Italy is lively, friendly, attentive to her young son, but most of all she knows having a child does not prohibit ones desire to travel. In addition, she realizes it can be very beneficial for her young child, even if he will never remember it. He has already learned how to sleep with noise, play with less, interact with strangers, eat different food and roll with the punches. Thus far on the trail, he has been a source of joy and entertainment for everyone who encounters him.
So how is she doing it? She has a jogger stroller and a baby carrier. Some days she will push him in the stroller over the mountains and other days she will ship the stroller and attach him to her front, all while carrying her backpack. She is patient, persistent, never complains and always smiles. I cannot imagine a better mother/son experience for such a young boy. Most of all, she has a desire to do something epic with him. I am sure this is the first of many future adventures with his mama.
I chose to share her on WorldPeople because I think she is a great role model for young mothers across the globe. You can do whatever you set your mind to with your children. You don’t need to be rich or with a partner, you can do this if you believe you can. Thank you Miss Italy, for daring to step outside the status quo and forge your own path.