[Preface]:To Mountains, Where My Soul Belongs: Uttrakhand|Kausani|Bageshwar|Munsyari
What it takes to realize everything is fine around you?
A solo trip to the mountains, where your soul dwells in the echoes of the winds that carry fragments of clouds with them.
What it takes to realize world is going back to chaos and infinite hurry?
End of the aforementioned road trip.
What happens when you are working full time to a corporate and getting a paycheque at 1st of every month, and ask your manager for a week’s worth of leaves for a vacation. You manager, at their polite best, would tell “Sorry, you can’t get a weeks’ leave just for some road trip. I would have approved if you were sick or there was some family emergency.”
Certainly, you can’t get a leave unless you are dying.
This struggle is real. While you have to work till your senses start to die only to pay the bills, there are short bursts of happiness when you get a day or two as “extended weekend” and you start making plans to take a trip to the places you always loved. But, you often end up with people you have social obligations to, in some clubs or aimless wandering at brightly lit malls.
“Where it all went wrong?” you often think and wonder where the time has gone by. In no time you are ten more years older and never made it to any of the trips you thought you would.
Hence, you must take a moment from the hustle of life and think if you were born just to pay the bills or is there something that you can do for yourself. It’s the moment when you have to grab everything that you can for memories that stays beyond the eight-by-eight cubicle and twenty-four-inch iMac screen of your desktop. It’s the moment when you must realize the real self can only be discovered by experiencing what’s new and what’s unexplored before.
This is what I learned from my recent solo backpacking trip. Although, I have taken a number of solo trips earlier, but there were all on bike and were little less for soul searching than just get away from the phoney world around. This trip brought a realization to explore many different aspects of life in lands of the mind and find people who share this idea. The fascination of the world around, and that I actually fall in love with everything I never knew before. Every moment became a new destination which is not just a “checked in” of Facebook, every photograph is not a bragging right of the pockets I have. It also, brought me to find people who have realized it earlier and are travelling to places where souls are dwelling for peace and happiness.