When I looked at the time, it was already 5 in the morning. I was surprised and relieved at the same time. I had spend most of the night already! After seeing the sunrise, I could leave the mountain in one piece and alive! But before that I needed to check what I had just saw at the door step. Could it be a fox?
I went out with the torch light that could show hardly two meters and my personal weapon, the long stick. I saw something jumping out from the bush and running away after seeing me. I followed it and it was a dog. The dog was running towards a group of people who were climbing up the hill. Probably some Bangalore Techies coming for a weekend Sunrise trek!
Soon I could hear them well. One of those guys had actually spotted me as well. In a few seconds, they were all waving at me. When you are in a group, you won't really think of a dangerous mountain man that can actually attack them. So when they finally reached the top, we all greeted each other peacefully.
They had a bunch of questions and they started to fire them away.
"Hey bro when did you come? Where are others? Do you know what time is the sunrise?" It came from different sources.
I replied calmly, "I came yesterday evening, I am alone, I dont know the exact time of sunrise, it can be any time soon"
When they heard I was there from the other day itself all alone, they appeared to be surprised, which was the exact emotion I was also expecting from them.
"You must be really brave bro, to camp here all night, all alone", they started commenting and I was feeling quite proud about myself. But at the same time, I was laughing on the inside thinking about my own inner conflicts which I was having during the night. I was glad that they were unaware how afraid I was, the whole night.
I took full advantage of the opportunity and started giving them the speech on living outside of comfort zone, following one's passion, the importance of adventure in life and what not!
"Everyone feels fear. But you have to do things that you are afraid of. Then only you will grow. Then only you will conquer your fear and achieve success..", My speech went on like that.
Their amazement turned into respect and they were all wanted group selfies and pictures with me. I enjoyed my hard earned small time celebrity status.