You achieve the the goal that you had set for yourself. You spend months, years or even decades achieving it. And then suddenly, there is this weird feeling of emptiness. What do you do in this scenario? What do you do to stay motivated after success?
At Pashupatinath and Boudhnath, today we had our spiritual high.
It was the same trail which seemed to be difficult when we had begun. But now on the way back, we almost flew. At that point, we realized how much of a big support our porters had been. We had been walking with bare essentials, but they were the ones who had carried our bags all throughout the trek, thus making it easy for us.
Once at the hotel, everyone threw their down jackets. It was the same place where everyone had fought for a down jacket. And now everyone was throwing it to declare ‘summer’. It was definitely cold. But, no one was feeling it now. Everyone seemed to have reinvented themselves.
The past few days, we as a group had been through a lot of ups and downs. Every time something happened, everyone had an innate desire to speak and make his point heard. I had a clear strategy. Let people discuss, debate and fight with each other. I will not be part of it. Finally, when they have come to a conclusion, I would have a discussion with the guides. If it is feasible, we would implement and if it wasn’t, we followed what our guides had to say. Our guides knew the terrain better than us after all!
When we see successful individuals we are always amazed. But we usually forget that to be able to reach that stage, there are many others who are working behind the scenes. And usually that is the mistake that we make. When we chart out our plan for success, we chart it keeping only ourselves in mind. That is how we set ourselves up for failure.
Anu & I hugged each other. Standing at the foothills of the world’s tallest mountain at 5360 m our hearts were swollen with pride. How many really think of celebrating their anniversary at the Everest Base Camp? Though it was our anniversary, there were no traditional celebrations. We were overjoyed to be here, but we had kept the celebrations for later, when we return!
We had been walking for the last 10 days, well almost. And we were just a day away from our final destination. Another short walk tomorrow and after that we would be saying – been there, done that! It was continuously snowing after we had reached Lobuche. So all we could do is, sit and enjoy and probably reflect.
Today we chose to take a day off from walking. At times you need to choose to take a break and do nothing! Today I was taking of a story that I had read sometime back.
Today once again we crossed the 4000m mark. This time we all were fit and fine. Sometimes it is essential to step back so that you can get ahead fast!