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My 10 Hiking Lessons which changed my life




Monday mornings are full of soreness in legs, swelling on face and unbearable back pain. Wednesdays, being my favourite days where I’m full of myself, able to feel my body being alive and Fridays are like my inner devil part roaring at me again, “It’s time for you to hike that mountain Again”. Every Saturday, my lil sobbed angelic heart while taking the first step asks, “of all the things in the world why you have to do this only? Why the hell you are so brutal to make me pump harder and harder?” “Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit”- Unknown Often people ask me don’t you get tired hiking every single weekend. Why do you do that? What inspire you? What do you learn? For all these questions which I have chuckled out and kept walking, here is what I learnt being a traveller and hiker:

     1. Destination is the motivation, real happiness is Journey

The aroma of ripped mangoes, the chirping of birds, the interplay of light and shadow across the mountains and the soothing bells of temples are some of the best moments during the trek. It’s easy to get concentrated on the climb. But don’t forget to look around and take in the view. It will remind you what you’re doing it for. Hiking teaches you to look at the world and life with the curious eyes of a child, so you don’t miss the little joys.

     2. Nothing worth having come easy

Most of the sufferings in the life is the result of a desire to have something different than reality. You won't get the chance to appreciate the stunning landscapes from the summit if you don’t hike the troublesome kilometres to get there. Push yourself and test your limits. You may have to battle your fear of heights, sleeping under the stars, running out of water, encountering some wild animal and taking the wrong turns. But who said it’s going to be easy? All the sweat, pain and tears you put into the journey pays off at the end where you relish the success. Remember the pride is not in conquering the mountains but to conquer yourself.



     3. Find Comfort in being uncomfortable, Take Risks

All the preparedness may fail. Life isn’t a bed of roses nor it has too. The famous unsinkable ship ‘Titanic’ for which its own crew member reported to have once said to embarking passenger, Mrs. Sylvia Caldwell, “God himself could not sink this ship!” had to face the fatal end. Life is not fair to all. Prepare for the worst and pray for the best. Be comfortable in losing the sight of shore and living with minimalism. When you travel, remember that a foreign land is not designed to make you comfortable but is designed to make its own people. Complain less and appreciate more. Expect less and prepare more. Judge less and respect more. Take less and give more. The world has a lot to offer only if you are ready to receive.

     4. Save the Environment

One of the best parts of hiking is nature itself. If you will ask any hiker, they will have a great appreciation for the environment around. Pure water of rivers, gushing sounds of waterfalls, soft lush green grass, fresh air and trees which gives us fruits and shades will push you to save them. Trekking lets us see the true picture of life. Protect it by disregarding plastics and carrying eco-friendly products wherever possible.

     5. Family and Friendship means sharing the adversities before the blessings

Sometimes, there are things which you could not do all by yourself. It may be hard for you to accept the fact that you may need the help of others too. On the contrary, don’t let your ego restrict you from asking the help. It does not mean you are weak but indicates you know yourself. The world is not a solo island. You won’t be able to attain the mountain if you don’t work together as a team. There is a well-known saying,” you are only as strong as your weakest link”. So, treat everyone around you as part of yourself. If they fail, you’re also going to fail.



     6. Life is all about climbs and descends

Nothings stay permanent. You can only adore the success if you ever had flavoured the thorns. My mother told me one thing,” After every Dusk, there is a dawn and after every sadness, there is a happiness”. Be thankful to what you have. Feel the sunset, listen the birds chirping, smell the petrichor, walk on the seashore, hike the mountains, socialize with strangers and enjoy the local cuisines.

     7. There is no need to rush

There would be scenarios where you would be crossed by fast paced hikers. It’s ok to take rest and sit. Life is not a race. Cherish the moments, don’t chase the things. Everyone is living the life with their own clock. Ritesh Agrawal, youngest entrepreneur of India launched his first start-up named Oravel Stays Pvt. Ltd. in 2012 at the age of 18 years. Boman Irani made his first Bollywood debut in 2003, aged 62 years at that time. Be satisfied with what you have, where you are and be ambitious to learn more. God has already made a wonderful plan for all and things will face in place with time. Just don’t give up and keep moving.

     8. Hiking is all about the mindset

Trekking along a trail for hours at a time can be exhausting and frustrating. Searching the right paths, making mistakes, adjusting with terrains and trying again and again are all the parts of journey. Many times, we give up on our hopes and dreams easily and are overwhelmed by dejection or disappointment. On the trail, you learn that as long as you put one foot in front of the other, you’re reaching somewhere. We are the summation of our mistakes, desires, dreams, life choices and the risks we take to get to the place where we want to be. In a world full of critics, staying optimistic can boost your morale and also, lift up the disheartened spirits of the people around you. Just a simple smile can change someone’s day or even can motivate them. "Keep going with a smile" is a small lesson, and when it's applied to life, life becomes beautiful.

     9. Life is very simple

Don’t complicate by stressing about the things you can’t control. If you can control, there is nothing to worry about. You’ll cross that river when you will come to it. On the trail and in the middle of nature, you get a chance to filter through all the noise of people, social media updates and smartphone notifications. You are able to just be yourself in your simplest form and is no longer a mannequin of expectations. Learn to love yourself first before others. Take care of your health and stay happy before everything because only an overflowing cup’s coffee can be used to fill other empty cups. Don’t steal things from your own self to make others’ happy.



     10. Trust yourself and Chase your dreams

Only you can define yourself. Jack Ma, founder of Ali baba, failed his high school and was rejected by Harvard 10 times. Rejection is simply an inevitable part of the process. Furthermore, the Jack Ma Harvard story proves that the institutions we often hold in high regard can make big mistakes. It starts with any institution of authority that might expect something from you. Your parents, Your teachers, Even your friends. At some point in your life these entities will try to tell you that you’re wrong about something. Most of the time they’ll be right in doing so. Every now and then, however, they’ll be wrong. The journey of thousand steps begins with a single step. Trust your instincts and dreams. Live it every single day while working for it. Live it like you have already achieve it. Imitate the success so deep that that illusion becomes your reality.

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