“If traveling was free, you would never see me again”. Nevertheless, you would never see her often even if it comes along with a price tag. That is what she believes in. Moreover, she makes all possible efforts to lead her life like a free spirit.
These days, quite often, she gets calls and messages asking about her whereabouts. People in her circle always wonder why does she travel so much and what does she get in return. They even consider her as a maniac. When she turns around, they even make fun of her for leading her life to nowhere. She has heard many criticisms for quitting her high paying international assignments with United Nations and Diplomatic Missions. The list of criticisms and unhappy faces is never ending. Moreover, it does not even and should not even matter what the world perceives for somebody. She has different priorities in her life. To lead a life with full zeal and vigor always topped the list. Frankly speaking, it is not possible for many to take such decisive steps as priorities vary from individual to individual.
For her, it is no less than a “meditation” or attaining “Moksha”. In fact, she has herself started probing why she does what she does. After millions of questions and infinite level of curiousness, she found the reason for being close to nature and away from hustle-bustle city life.
Some moments in life are beyond imagination and one’s control. When she was on her first solo trip to the mountains, she realized and learnt what she could achieve if she abandons her fear. The fear of being isolated, camping alone in the night in a jungle, fear of what society would say, and insecurities related to job and many ones that are more generic. People often say that, it is always the first step that is difficult and rest would be a cakewalk. Indeed, it is true. She realized her potential only after moving beyond the comfort zone, which she always considered beyond limits. Traveling teaches everything. It has taught her to be humble and grounded. It has taught her that one can be happy even after discarding materialistic and luxurious things. She can eat simple food and be content with what she gets. The more she travels, the more she is moving away from negativity, be it in the form of human or vibes.
It is difficult to translate feelings into words. However, she has tried to portray a summary of travel experience underneath:
Somewhere down the valley, a dream stream was running in between the frozen mountains and green meadow. The camps are ready and the sun was playing peekaboo. Moon seemed to be upset, as the glittery stars had appeared as the special guest. Mountains gave the best view of the shooting stars. They were dressed beautifully in diamond-studded attire. The admiration was not over and suddenly the clouds came running covering the majestic view of our beautiful galaxy. Along with it, it brought the scary noise of the thunderstorm, drops of rain and the pleasant smell of sand. In pursuit of happiness, she forgot that her “trek-buddy”, a cute little dog was getting drenched outside. He then slept inside the tent comforting and guarding her all the time. Somehow, she learnt animals are more trustworthy than human beings are. The shivery night was over and time was to say hello to the morning sun. The first look of the valley was refreshing and so was the freshness in the air of dearest mountains. It is always an incredible experience of being close to nature and admiring its never-ending beauty.