I went on a trek. Here are my thoughts on it.
I’ve wanted to go on a trek for the longest time. I finally had a chance to experience it when I went for an outing with my team to Yelagiri. It was a two-day trip. On the first day, we were playing outdoor games. The morning after, we planned to go for the trek. Much to the dismay of the hardcore trekkers in our team, our team lead said this was something more casual than they were used to. I was incredibly excited. But I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into.
Our group was fifteen members strong, and it was a 2.5 km hike up the hill. A trial would have made things easier, but there was no trail. The only option we had were the stairs. For someone like me, who doesn’t even use the office stairs, this was indeed a challenging mission.
But I was sure of one thing. I was going to scratch this off my bucket list. Regardless of what happens to me, I was determined to reach the top.
We started hiking up the hill. Just a few minutes later, I started lagging behind the group. I found myself stopping and panting for breath. At the rate I was going, there was a good chance I would be left alone on the hill and I was. It was just me, Syed Suhail, and another friend who was struggling more than I was. She had already given up the idea of scaling the hill.
We motivated each other to keep going. But most of the others were out of sight, and we knew we could never catch up.
While we were walking, we were joined by the three photographers of our group. They stopped at different places to take pictures. In the time they took to capture photographs, we would have walked a bit further ahead. The photographers walked faster than us, so they’d catch up with us soon after they were done taking photographs. This went on for a while.
There were some times when the photography team did not find the spot exciting and kept going without taking any pictures. This gave me no time to rest. After doing this a few times, I made sure the spot I rest at had viewpoints, flowers, and pretty leaves so they would have something to shoot and spend time on while I rested.
Finally, after an hour and a half of trekking, we reached the top. I scratched those items off my list and proved myself I could do it.
Here are few thoughts and observations that were running in my mind when I was trekking.
Later that year when we went on a family trip it was always what the person with the least energy and health issue wants. Even if we trip with 30 people the physically weak one that gets the most attention. You might have your ups and downs with your family, but they have your back all the time.
Though I appreciated the importance of a family, they were one of the reason why I haven’t trekked before. Some things in life are meant to be done alone and I should start doing those. While family gives you all the care and comfort, real world pushes you beyond your limits, brings out the best in you.
Nature is Energy
Though I was panting and struggled to trek, I was never tired. By stopping near a tree for few minutes and inhaling the oxygen I could trek the next few meters with the same energy I had at the start. I could never imagine such an effect while running in an elliptical.
A Friend in need
I met Suhail at a technical event, I work with him in a technical environment, I never got an opportunity to know what kind of person he was . But that day when a fitness freak who could have finished the trek without a pain, accompanied us, made sure we were okay the whole time. I developed a huge respect for him right there. I know how hard it is to match someone’s pace but what he did was a really sweet thing.
Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover
We have another developer Saravanan, who I knew as a hard core programmer. I often admired his dedication to work, worried when he overdo it. but that day he had taken lot of amazing pictures. I have seen his pics in the past, but seeing him do it live with lot of passion glistening in his eyes was mesmerizing. The result of such passion fills his Instagram. (Do check it out)
Sky is the limit
It was around the same time when I was trying to get back on my fitness routine. I was slowly increasing the intensity of my workouts and intervals. That day it skyrocketed, tripled making me realize…
There are no boundaries, no ceilings. The irony is you won’t know it until you break it.