I had heard it a million times that we need to break the shell and come out to explore the possibilities and discover ourselves to the fullest. But, I was also told an equal number of times to learn from other’s experience as we won’t always get the opportunity to try our hands on all. I too were scared to break the norms but there always had been an inner zest that gave me a positive thrust from within. For months or rather should I say, for years there was the turmoil of thoughts, aspirations, accompanied by self-confinement, emotional blockage, and social barriers. Nonetheless, the spirit of self-finding resting within my chest was now roaring and I had to break the chains. Taking the first few steps was not easy as the impression of those clutches was yet fresh in my mind but I chose not to look back and started with my life’s first ever solo excursion to the Himalayan Mountains at Manali and Rumsu.
This trekking expedition has not just made me familiar with the roads and popular places in and around the destination but also made me aware of the goodness in people, gave me a sense a realization of how I was told not to trust anyone during the journey by my well-wishers and how those very strangers became my well-wishers who could blindly be trusted during tough times; a bright feeling of acclimatizing myself not just to the surrounding and weather but also to acclimatize myself to the unconditional joy showered by all the beings around me. I suddenly realized that all these years when I was tangled in minting prosperity for myself, I did not ever closely notice a sunrise or a sunset, never did I gaze at the night sky and never had the chilling wind made me shiver with delight. Stepping out of my comfort zone was a pleasure that I shall cherish all my life!
My entire journey connected me with the realities of life that all of us undoubtedly face at different phases in our lifetime. Though we all were a team, yet we all chose to transcend through different paths to reach the same peak 8,000 ft above the sea – the Sterling Wood Forests our final destination. Some routes were short and risky, few were long and easy, some were steep, and others were rocky while some were smooth. Many were taken and many were left untrodden. We all picked our paths independently and kept switching as per our ease and convenience. We challenged ourselves on many occasions and took it easy at times. The best lesson that I learned was that you can slip and injure your elbow even on a smooth path and the rocky roads may lead you safely to your destination!
It does not matter even if you are late for our journey, it is essential to gather the courage and take the first step and keep moving, be it at a slow pace and some point of time you shall make it to the peak where others shall be waiting to appreciate and applaud you. There have been very few moments in my life where I have experienced a sense of victory that filled my eyes with tears of joy. This expedition has been one of its kinds that brought all my strengths and positive emotions on the surface, withering away all the fears and uncertainties resting in my mind and heart for years!
(I shall share a brief travelogue describing the places explored, some daily adventure and few do’s and don’ts during the trek in my next post. Keep reading!)