"The mountains are calling and I must go!"
Throwback to the days when I was a free soul and back where I belong. Amidst a power greater than me, amidst mountains taller than my ego and in an environment purer than the purest soul on earth.
Lying in bed in your air conditioned room, sitting at your desktop at your mundane job or stuck in traffic in your daily commute to work. Stuck in these scenarios on a daily basis, the last thing on your mind is being among the mountains, free from the constraints of daily life. And yet all it takes is one little post on your Instagram or Facebook to suck you right back into the feelings you try keep suppressed all year.
I follow a lot of travel bloggers and trekkers on my Instagram because it helps me stay in touch with what I love but I also avoid my feed because it makes me miss what I can't have and the longing gets worse with every post I do happen to come across. Fortunately or unfortunately I have a lot of people on my time line that inspire the best and worst in me. There's @shubham.mansingka who I met on a Chadar trek 3 years ago in Ladakh, who, I'm pretty sure has no recollection of who I am, there's my amazingly talented trek mate @vibhu_grover, who I met on my trek to Rupin Pass, who's pictures continue to inspire me and then there's bloggers like @neelimav, who's posts about Ladakh and Stok Kangri are one of the major reasons I actually felt inspired to write this post. I love and hate there posters in equal measure. Love them for the work they do and the world they bring alive on social media and hate them because I wish I was there myself!
Once every year, I feel the pull, the magnetic, unstoppable pull that makes me want to get back to the north, to the Himalayas, to my beloved treks and trails, to the one time I feel no connection to my city, no bondage to my commitments and a complete and utter freedom. My next trek is possibly half a year away but I can't wait to get back to where I belong. Maybe Stok, maybe Kalandikhal or maybe something I've just not even considered yet but the familiar attraction is getting stronger till its impossible to say no anymore and I go sign up for the next trek. A throwback :)
Three years ago, I almost quit my job dreaming that I could see the world without any limits. It gradually changed after two years when I realized that most who have done it, was never like me who comes from a country who’s poorly supported by its government. But I didn’t stop believing that I could travel in a different way.
We are limitless. We don’t need to quit our jobs just to see what the world offers. We don’t need heaps of money to experience things. All we need is one click to our own getaway. One click to being brave enough on going out of our comfort zone.
Photo and words by @charmaignenavaja
Cheers to 14 days of traveling 4 countries