An Opportunity presented itself when I received a random message from a friend wanting to plan an impromptu shoestring budget backpacking trip to the Mountains. The only thing decided was the Time frame. I could not miss out on this ..wanting to experience the thrill,adventure, fun of curating travel plans,etc. I immediately responded positively without thinking much & we were a group of 4 travel buddies ( Never traveled together before)now with just the desire to get away but no confirmed plan.
Finally We all decided on Dharamshala & started chalking out the travel plans. We wanted to stay true to the spirit of Backpacking & experiencing the Rustic life in the Mountains. We were aware the Climatic conditions were unpredictable but that did not dampen our excitement. We were all set to ‘ Take it as it comes’.
Post the Excitement Phase, I started getting thoughts of how I would go without my son( Dev-Turned 4 yrs on 13th Feb'17) for 7 days.I was also feeling guilty if it right to deprive him of this adventure, wouldn’t it be a great exposure for him ?At the same time I was skeptical to take because he was small & was doubtful about his adaptability to unpredictable climate,home-stays, new terrains,etc.Multiple Doubts lingered my mind while the travel plans were discussed.. I decided to follow My Mother’s Instinct to finally make up my mind.
I had tremendous support from my husband in whatever I chose to do-Go with or without him. I thought of chatting up with my toddler about the trip & get his thoughts on it( Trust me! They do understand a lot & have a mind of their own contrary to our belief that they are kids & do not understand important issues).I supplemented our discussion with a few images on my phone so he understands better.
I re-iterated the difficulty we might encounter, long train journeys, varied living conditions etc. to gauge his honest response but his response was always 'Yes Mamma' with a lot of excitement.I Finally decided that the Mommy & Son will embark on this adventure together. I wanted my son to Know that his mom trusted him, I wanted to build his confidence & will power, Give him a chance than than not trust him . I was truly inspired by his desire to take up this adventure..I only wanted to be with him & support him hereon! I did not have the heart to break his heart, will power & confidence only because of my fears....