A bedtime conversation with Amma last night got me thinking. What has changed in my life post my first trek? Everything. .
A Himalayan trek isn’t like what we watch in movies, not all that flashy, funny and sophisticated. It requires a lot of sweating out. It requires compromising on your looks and getting tanned af. It requires wearing heavy layers and boots, and sleeping in the wild. It entails peeing in the woods at the hour of the wolf with actual wolves roaming around em tents. It means sacrificing luxury. It is hard work. .
But guess what? One breathtaking view from up there takes your life by storm. You aren’t the same person anymore. You realize how small you and your problems are compared to the vast expanse of the Himalayas. You realize the fact that nobody except you can keep you happy. You understand that people will last only as long as their priorities change. You realize that don’t need anyone to who you aren’t what they are to you. You start believing in self-reliance. It’s like lying on your mothers lap. The other mountains in the range look at your with their peaks beaming with happiness and pride that you have somehow made it to the summit with all the confidence you could muster. It is a moment of glory. It’s just like a bedtime conversation with your mother. You know what you’re finally capable of, and as you descend, you take a part of the glory with you, with the mother waving a temporary goodbye implying she awaits your next visit. .
She is always there, looking at you, praying for your wellness, to listen to your rants and finally turn you into a leaf. Why do you even need people who don’t need you? Why do you need people who just see you as a sack of flesh and blood satiating their biological, emotional and opportunistic urges? Why do you even need others when only you know the way out of situations and phases?
Trekking is probably the best decision I have made thus far. It has opened new horizons and possibilities for me. To me, it’s a euphemism for life - arduous journey, breathtakingly stupendous views.