1. Thinking I could be prepared.
I used to think that I could prepare for a trip by listening to different scenarios from people who had been there before. Before the Camino, I read blog posts, watched documentaries, saw films, spoke to people who had done it. I took all their words in consideration — even those who questioned my sanity for wanting to do 800 kilometers of new steps (and just imagine if they had know I was taking two broomsticks with me to use as walking sticks).
But after the camino I realized that was a waste of time.
Only my future self could have told me what it would feel like to be ME on this adventure. But I only got to meet that person 33 days later.