The past few days have been very nostalgic and emotional for me. I keep going back to the time I went for my first Himalayan trek. I was in Kashmir. .
I am usually a person who talks less but can’t stop her thoughts from mumbling all the time. But the mountains always have an inexplicable effect on my mind. Why my thoughts take a backseat when am walking in the mountains, is something I have still not figured out.
Yet, every night, when I am at a campsite and inside my tent, curled up in my sleeping bag and trying to sleep, these very thoughts pounce upon me with such brutish vigour. .
The last of chilly campsites during my Kashmir Great Lakes trek was beside the Nandkol lake. I had lay wide awake that night. And I had wondered, “What has this journey been? What has bedtime been away from the comforts of a known bed and huggable pillows, where the mountains cradle me every night and starry skies blanket a queue of orange tents as a group of trekkers slumbered inside? Why do I find peace sharing my tent with two other people and crouching inside a sleeping bag, a peace I never find at home in the city? Why it isn’t the same person who had boarded the flight to Srinagar for her first Himalayan trek who was so happy in her comfortable life?”.
A starry night, the one when we saw a faint meteor shower.
@nikhil_singh_tomar patiently posing.
We were out at Khajjiar ground late at night to see a Quadrantids meteor shower. We only had a small window of time to see the meteor shower before the clouds came in and covered the skies. The meteors were really hard to spot. In fact, for a long time only a few of us had seen a handful of meteors. But eventually, all of us had spotted atleast one. It was such a fun night and we were all ecstatic with the experience we had just had.
Only until, we photographed a pair of eyes in the distance. I thought someone must have wandered into my frame. But all of us were right there. Now, during this time a few stray dogs had gathered around us. Soon we noticed all of them were staring into the same direction, looking very alarmed. We raised our torch into that direction and we could see a pair of eyes glimmering in the distance looking right at us.
We were definite it was some wild animal, or atleast some of us were. We had no intent to encounter it out there so we hurriedly packed up and proceeded towards our vehicles. The dogs followed us, stopping once a while to look in that direction. As soon as we got back into our vehicles, we were quite relieved yet still intrigued to know what animal it was. So we drove in the said direction but couldn't spot anything. So, we drove back to our place. The dogs were pretty scared too so they ran alongside us in the opposite direction.
Once we got back we lit a campfire and sat around it while discussing about it and sharing some other spooky stories. Thus, it turned out to be even more fun and we had another story to share.
When we are children we are more in touch with nature, are sensitive, compassionate, breathe and observe more. Somehow we lose that, we all do and it's okay but the most important part is to find your way back! To bring back that child in you which longs to run free. Through all the hurt and the pain, failure and falls, loneliness and isolation, sadness and rejection, grief and bitterness, you can always find a way back. .
Everyone loses themselves along the way sometimes and when one looks back at the more ignorantly innocent version of oneself, you wonder how things change so fast! The things that I once cared about when I was a teenager changed and took the shape of trying to score better grades and fit in the adult world. Materialism and pleasing society took over, as happens with most of us, and now when I see the entire transition, I've decided it's time I change. Let's bring the hippie back!!! #30daysofcelebration
Mighty Mountains and tiny me.
I always love the way mountains make me realize how tiny my problems are, every time I visit them. Humility, Discipline and Simplicity, the more we stick with these three words, the more god blesses us, that's what I learnt from mountains.
वक़्त की क़ैद में ज़िंदगी है मगर
चंद घड़ियाँ यही है जो आज़ाद हैं
इनको खोकर मेरी जान-ए-जाँ
उम्र भर ना तरसते रहो| P.S. In the end, we will be judged by the courage of our hearts