She Found herself!

She was determined, and excited!  She was looking forward to see the day’s sun setting from Triund top and thereafter, watching the night sky full of stars in the warmth of the bonfire, sipping rum mixed in lukewarm water.It was just 20 minutes later when she realized she was breathing from her mouth.

 Basics of trekking- “Always breath from your nose”.

She had mild cold but her nose was blocked. And since she was breathing from her mouth, she was putting too much pressure on her lungs; this in turn was exhausting her quickly.At first I saw her hiding the signs, obviously how could she?  She couldn’t be weak!But that fight was too little.

She stopped out of breath, out of place.

Her head throbbing, she could feel each of her heart beat distinctly in her head. And the scary part was that the trek had just started, we were just 1 km away from the starting point.Our guide explained to her that she must move with the group otherwise she could get lost. She raised her head, looking up to the giant Dhaulagiri ranges.She could see the Triund top peeping from the black rainy clouds. She started walking again.

FYI-Triund trek is considered moderate on the difficulty scale.

As we move upwards, the inclination increased and with the increase in inclination, weather changes occur dramatically.To add to the troubles, it started raining; making the trek even more difficult. As cloud poured down, the rocks on the mountains became wet and slippery. Now she was not only struggling with her breathing problem, she had to be extra cautions while taking every step on those slippery rocks.Exhausted and out of breath, her vision was now going hazy, making her out of focus.

Each step she took was made up of the strong will she carried; fuelled by a greater why!

This is one thing I strongly believe in. A reason, a why, a fuck to give!There has to be a strong why behind anything you do. A why which is unfuckable, a why which can withstand the criticisms of this so called “society”.So she found her why! And that was to prove herself, that she can do this. That she will reach the top.

Now it was her fight with herself. She was on a different trip, altogether.

She had started her own journey-to find herself; pushing herself on each step, and each rock that stood like a mountain for her.Suddenly, rain stopped and a nice, cool breeze with a pleasant smell touched her face. It was like the universe had understood her plan.

Finally, we had reached halfway. But, because of her the whole group was getting slow. We had to reach the top before the sun went down. Firstly, everyone wanted to see the mesmerizing sunset from the Triund top and secondly, and more importantly, the path would have been riskier after sunset considering there were wolves and bears on that route.Now, our guide gave the whole group two options. Either we had to increase our speed and reach the top in the next 45 minutes, or we could camp at the half point for the night and resume the trek the next morning.

The whole group was looking at her. But only she knew how much she was pushing herself.Then, after mutual discussion, our group split into two parts. The fast moving people continued the rest of the trek quickly, to reach up early and prepare the camp; and the slow ones would struggle through their way up.

Once again, she gathered all her energy and took a deep breath and started walking.

Now, the last part of the Triund trek is the hardest. There are 22 zig-zag climbs, as if nature has placed them purposely, to check how badly you want to be there on the top.While she was struggling her way through those zig- zig turns and climbs, she saw the sun setting in front of her. It was, like her wish was right there in her hands and somebody was slowly snatching it away from her.

She sat there, watching the setting sun; thinking how it would have been if she would have been able to see it from the Triund top.A drop of tear rolled out of her eye, but she quickly wiped it off before her tears could soften her will to fight.

She stood up again! Pushed herself one last time, and completed the tough climb for the last 20 minutes. She made it the top! Yes, she couldn’t believe that she had finally done it.Her legs felt powerless. She couldn’t feel her toes.

But looking up at the sky, she was dumbfounded with the scenic beauty; the dimming light of the dying amber sky.The one thing that she found that day was “herself”, which she had never done in her life so far-that she can fight and that she’s got an unbreakable will.

Trust me my friends, this unbreakable spirit will be rewarded sooner or later by this universe, like she was rewarded. As she lied down all broken on the ground at Triund, she could see the stars appearing in the partially dark sky.

In no time the whole sky was full of stars, while she could hear a boy singing a Coldplay song at a distance!

“Look at the stars, look how they shine for you,

And everything you do, it’s all so beautiful”

The song fades in the distant laughter sounds…..

 

And she fell asleep under the blanket of stars. A patch of clouds hid the moonlight so that this strong willed warrior could sleep in peace!

 

God bless us all with world peace!

Walking Alone!

Walking Alone!

Walking on the beach alone there is one thing that everyone loves,

Really? Or was it just me who was praying to God to fill my finger gaps with soft and beautiful hands.

Cold and salty wind from the sea, kissing your face, I can see a formation of black clouds far up the sea.

I can see the lighting far away and I am waiting to hear the thunder!

I can feel that thunder crack opening my heart. I stop and face toward the sea; she washes away the sand from my feet.

And leave a brown shell for me, the size of my thumb. I pick it, clean it and put it in my pocket like a gift from the universe.

A Morning like this!

 

I was trying to bury my foot in that cold sand-that salty air from the sea, I can smell it. I can see the horizon going amber.

Then I lay down on that wet sand all tired of last night’s party and booze, my head throbbing.

I can see the dark sky, I breathe deep and close my eyes, it’s as dark as my hopeless life, was that the reason I had that extra peg last night?

Whatever the reason was, but I just saw the horizon going amber like this universe is giving me a sign that night is always darkest before the dawn breaks….and trust me guys dawn will break.

 

I gather all my power and get up again, I can see the sea shining from the light coming from the shacks behind me.

Now the tide is touching my feet, it’s like this universe is saying Hang on! Stay here, don’t go!

You are about to see something beautiful.

So I waited. Waited for few more minutes, and then I saw the first light of sun struggling through the tide like we have to struggle in our life in order to shine .

 

I am glad I was there and I thank god for talking to me!

Solo Travel For The Soul

#solotravel

It’s like feeding your soul with positive energy to fight the negative in your life. It’s like sitting on the edge of the cliff and looking at those huge mountains and just rethinking why we have such a big ego in our life. We are just a piece of flesh nature is much more powerful than we think. (Nature has the power to fulfill our need of inner peace.

 

Whenever in doubt travel! It’s just not a saying it’s the truth. To find your real self you need to lose yourself first.

Same way to find your destination you need to sometimes get lost. Real man is made up of failures and defeats, learn the hardship while trekking for hours, how to ration your food and water, till you get the next supply is like living your life in less till springs come.(managing life)

Train your body through your mind, fueled by your will to reach that top.. every time you feel tired and your body says stop, think of what is waiting for you on the top-a beautiful  view to feed your soul , and view which will carry you close to nirvana. Push yourself to know yourself , to know your  limits.

 

Now standing on that edge.. cold winds kissing my face , keeping  my eyes close, I thank God -I don’t know why but I just do that.

All I can hear is the sound of wind and nothing at all  .. then I sit there all tired ..my head up , hands open , like I am about get a big  hug from this universe..

Then I slowly open my eyes and sun shines back on my face like it is blessing me,

Then I look back and find no one , I have travelled so far on my own .. just like I have travelled so far in life!

 

 

“Mark Twain on Traveling”

 

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Be crazy like these dudes!

 Hsuan Tsang

 

This dude from china one night had dream that the restless in his soul is because he is not traveling, so he traveled 5000 km on foot , from main land chain to India.

 

 Iban Battuta

 

Traveled through the Horn of Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and finally China for over forty years. It’s said that after he returned to Morocco more than a quarter of a century later, he had lost half his family. His comprehensive accounts of the places visited have guided historians as well as future travelers alike.