I have been trekking for more than a decade and over a period of time, many city dwellers have accompanied me on these treks. And these people try to see nature through their mobile phones and show the world what they are seeing in a real time. They just don’t seem to have time to pause and soak in nature. But thanks to the terrains, cell phone networks fail very soon and the phone batteries too, and that’s when people actually start appreciating and admiring nature. The realization sets in that as long as you have air, food, water and shelter, you are going to be okay.
Before beginning the trek people have lots of apprehensions, they worry a lot. How long is the trek? I never walked so much in my life? Will I be able to climb? What if my water gets over? What will happen if I fall? How is the food? Where will I sleep? They constantly worry about these things, but as soon as they start making their way up the mountains, one by one all the worries disappear. They realize they are capable of doing much more than they thought. Their bodies adapt and surprise them.
Far too often in the corporate world, the closest we get to nature is via our screensaver. We have forgotten to appreciate things around us and we don’t even know that it is this slow poison that is taking away our soul. But when you are up on the mountain the world opens up, lungs are filled with fresh air and you are surrounded by beauty. You feel that each and every moment must stay with you forever. When your body is all worked-up your thoughts are focused on reaching the summit, you are not bothered about who is ahead of you or who is behind you. A natural instinct to help each other takes over. You won’t mind being the last person to reach the summit even though you are the best because you journey gives happiness and it will be the only thing that will be unique to you.
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