“Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul.”
-Jamie Lyn Beatty
I want to share the story of how my love for travelling began! Hope you like it.
So here it goes…
I was always the shy and the reserve one in my group of friends. I had few but very close friends who always tried to bring out the wild side in me (which I thought I didn’t have!). I was pulled out to party even though I didn’t like it, my friends always tried to convince me that partying, drinking and just gossiping about everything was the way to have fun. To be a part of the group I used to do whatever they were doing and fake laughed my way just to “Fit In”!
It didn’t take me too long to realise that whatever I was doing was not who I really was! Thus began the journey of getting to know myself..
Travelling always excited me, being from an army background I was always travelling around and changing schools and staying in different places. I knew I had a bit of an adventure streak in me and I guess I inherited that from my father who was also quite adventurous, no wonder he joined the Indian Army!
The first trip that I took without my family was to Rishikesh. It was with a group of friends from my office. I was nervous and excited at the same time. I had never been to any trips without my family and this was the first one. Being my shy self I thought I will just be sitting in one corner while others would be having fun but to my surprise I ended up having the time of my life.
As soon as we entered Uttarakhand my eyes lit up because of the beauty all around. We entered Rishikesh and headed to our camps and all I could see was beautiful landscapes, mountains, rivers flowing and people doing rafting and having a good time. The energy that this place has is unbeatable.
I left my group and came near the river that was flowing and sat on the rocks. I closed my eyes and the sound of the flowing river made me feel so calm and at peace. It did not take me long to realise that this is where I belong! This was the real me, nature brings me happiness and mental peace. I enjoy the company of the flowing rivers, chirping birds and the mountains that surround me.
This trip gave me a direction, I knew that going forward I will not waste my time and money on material things rather gain experience by visiting and exploring new places.
There’s more to life than just being a corporate slave or running a house. Take time out to take trips, meet new people, add value to life, get away from the hustle-bustle of the city life which brings nothing but stress!!
Below is a picture of the trip, hope you like it ! 😉