I had the privilege of meeting Liam Cullinane from Galway (Ireland) in Spring 2012 while on a retreat in the Aran Islands run by Greg Muller, human conditioning and performance coach.
Liam has a remarkable story to tell from the wild freedom of the French Foreign Legion to the inconceivable strictures of meningitis. Liam choses daily to take action to be a fully functioning human being. Despite or perhaps in spite of a bleak prognosis Liam has engaged his will over 20 years to inch his way back to being physically able and engaged in the world.
Last Autumn it was a serendipitious surprise to bump into Liam again in the midst of a milling crowd on Oxford Street; a million miles away from the lonely outcrops of rocky land off the western most reaches of the land of Saints and Scholars where we first met. I was about to head off to walk the Camino Francais. Obviously that meeting planted a seed for Liam as he has been inspired to walk the Camino for himself and is locked in on being able to do that in April 2014.
Liams story will be documented by David Souto, a basque filmmaker based in Galway for the last decade. David is choosing to tell Liam’s story because of his admiration for him as well as being compelled to document a life changing event and an adventure that ends in Galicia where his roots are. They are working together to raise funds to create a documentary to inspire and serve. Liam is now focused on enhancing his physical fitness even further and the first round of funding to faciliated Liam to travel to Atlanta USA for specialist treatment and for the filming of his trip has exceeded the funding target so he is on his way.
I am learning that the Camino is less about a walk and more about life. Our lives are Camino stories; starting with conception and winding on to the day we leave this mortal coil. The journey from the lead of our human-ness to the gold of our spirits. Be inspired by Liam’s story to see your story. I look forward to sharing more about Liams journey here over the next few months.