The best remedy for those who are unhappy, bored, lonely & stagnated is to step out of their everyday lives and rediscover themselves. This thought occurred to me when I realized that in the daily rumble & tumble of my life, I had forgone & forgotten all that I loved doing!
As it happens so often, asking the right question can lead you on to the right path, the same friend happened to refer me to become a member of the YHAI group(Youth Hostels Association of India). This is a wonderful Non Profit organization, which organizes various camps,trekking & other adventurous sports activities all over India
And then the day arrived when, as the great Nike has recommended, “I just did it”!
I left for my trek to the land of eternal sunshine: GOA! The journey began with a sleeper coach bus, where there was too much fun, singing and laughter to get any sleep!
I felt myself melding easily with all the others who had come on this journey with their own personal quest, for fun or just to get away! As the mammoth bus, lurched its way out of the city, I felt some of the stress and tiredness that Mumbaikars live with everyday, slip away. No office, no housework, no looking for rickshaws to get home for a whole week… what a joy!
The dawn of December 25th 2007 was one of those perfect mornings, where I saw my life change and get richer. I reported at the Goa Base Camp, which was a giant ground, dotted all over with tents. Since it was only the first day, it was meant for reporting and relaxing.
The next day was for acclimatization (quite hectic!), jogging at daybreak followed by physical exercises. With the thought of “Where is the old bubbly Gita?” racing through my head, I pushed myself to get involved with all the activities. Only later did I realize how much fun I was having doing it!
On 27th Dec 2007, it was time for our batch of 51 members to march forward and trek to the heart of the jungle surrounding Goa! Our batch was G-11 and we proudly created a slogan, “Kashmir se Kanyakumari, Bharat hai sab pe bhaari!”
In the entire camp, from dawn to dusk, we walked and walked, sometimes passing through lovely palm groves & sometimes through sun kissed waterways. The Sun branded us with a tan seal of approval and made some of us go pink and brown while others dark brown!
As the trek came to a close there was a new light in my eyes, a new smile on my lips and a spring in my step! I returned to Mumbai tired, happy and charged up at the same time!
Just a week away doing new things had completely refreshed my tired body and soul.
Being together for so many days, created a very special bonding and close affection towards each other. My heart will carry the precious memories of this experience forever.
If you are jaded and stuck in a rut, the only way to get back the enthusiasm is to get up and get moving!
To sign off, all I can say is I have fallen in love once again, by changing myself.
Change loves brave hearts. Become one today and you will not regret it. And now I am off to plan my next trek. Hope to see you there!