Inspiration that gave me the courage to backpack alone for 6 months in India

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4th Dec 2014
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If you're going to start, go all the way! These words changed my life.

Inspiration comes in all different forms or ways, and sometimes when you least expect it or when you really need it. Sometimes in life you just need that one thing to push you towards fulfilling your dreams. Those dreams that are out of the ordinary, those dreams that will make you realise that life is just not about surviving but living it to the best of your ability. It is hard for our current generation to do anything as such without giving up our day to day responsibilities, but it is not something that is impossible.

One such dream for me was to go backpacking across India. My inspiration came in the form of poetry it was a poem by Charles Bukowski called "Roll the dice". The words he wrote were so gripping and strong and it was everything that was going on in my life, it was as if he wrote it specially for me. It helped me understand being in any situation no matter how bad or worse it may seem there is always a way out. I used this inspiration to go on a 6 month long solitary journey across India and it was the best decision of my life.

So here I am talking to you and telling you my story, my inspiration hoping it will in some way help you connect to yours. As a filmmaker I am better at making video more than my writing. So here is my adaption of the poem into a short film to inspire others like it did to me. Not just the ones who like to travel but also anyone who faces any hardships in life. Go all the way!

If the youtube link doesn't work try the one below. Travel and inspire each other. Happy Travelling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTZO5eM8QmE

https://vimeo.com/137237543

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Hi Simon, One thing I have to admit is that the Poetic Travel Film you created using your travel videos and adding Bukowski's words was extraordinary and marvellous. I don't know how many times I have watched the short video. Keep doing such work.
Thu 04 07 16, 23:13 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you Ramesh :) Means a lot to me. Yes it is a perfect combination to inspire others as I too was inspired by the same poem to go on this journey.
Mon 04 11 16, 01:09 · Report
Video... Awesome !! can you please list down the places shown in the video ?, especially the one at 1:20 time frame (shot from a boat with distant mountains) and 1:25 time frame (shot during night with those stars). :)
Thu 09 03 15, 00:59 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you Rahul. The boat was on the Dal, Lake in Srinagar and stars was at the Thar desert in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan where I camped out for the night only way to see them :) I will make a list and put it up soon too.
Thu 09 03 15, 06:52 · Report
Loved your video... It inspires one to go away... Nicely done.
Wed 09 02 15, 03:55 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you Apeksha. Hope it inspires you to go :)
Wed 09 02 15, 07:37 · Report
Loved the work buddy! DO IT.. that sure did send some chills down the line. Keep inspiring!
Sat 08 29 15, 06:46 · Reply (1) · Report
Thanks Nitish. It sure did to me too when I was reading it.
Sat 08 29 15, 10:02 · Report
DEAR SIMON, JUST I VIEWED YOUR VIDEO CLIP. GOOD. CONTINUE YOUR WORK .. ALL THE BEST.
Sat 08 29 15, 05:45 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you good Sir for your encouragement. :)
Sat 08 29 15, 06:29 · Report
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