Do it today, do it now

07 January 2017

Life is so unpredictable. Even the small things that we think will DEFINITELY happen tomorrow, might not. Till yesterday, I was supposed to outlive Pratik in the Himalayas and enjoy my Himalayan Odyssey. However, things changed so fast and quick that I am currently on my way back home; with Pratik having many more days to enjoy in the mountains.

Similarly, my Aunt. She is just over 40 and just like anybody of her age, she had been looking forward to enjoy the rest of her life. But now she is so sick that her huge bucket list has been cut short to one single wish – “I want to live”.

We often take life for granted and promise ourselves that we will get back to living the life we had dreamed of once we get done with our tough times. But the tough times never get over and we forget how to love. And one day when we turn back, everything seemed to have changed so much that we wonder “whom did I live the past few years for?”

I am reminded of what Mahmud Shabistari once said –

Make the most of today. Take your risks. Do what you love. For “IN THE END.. We ony regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”


My Himalayan Odyssey are a series of posts from my travel to the Himalayas which took place between 30/12/2016 and 07/01/2017

Do what you love?

04 January, 2017

When we take our temporary refuge from reality in hikes like these, we come across people who are really happy with life. We see them doing what they love and then we compare their work with our hate-filled work life.

But are they really happy doing what they love? Shravan was my trek leader during my Kedarkantha (KK) trek. He has trekked the KK summit over 100 times now. While he still loves trekking, the charm is no longer the same as it used to be when he first started. Similar is the case with Abhirup, another trek leader who has hiked Kashmir Great Lakes a dozen times.

These people do what they love but not when, where and why they love to do so. In the ideal world such distinction should not exist; but in reality it does. The best thing to do, maybe, is to separate what you do from what you love. You do not want your intrinsic motivation to be replaced by the extrinsic motivation of money.

So the next time you are motivated to quit your job and do what you love, do not.

Or…. maybe not. Things might get better if you do what you love and have almost complete independence over it.

Deepak is another trek leader I met during the trek. His story is quite different. He was born in Uttarkashi, Uttarakhand. He works as a freelancing trek guide and so far has traveled over half of India and is acquainted with over half a dozen Indian languages. Being a freelancer he ensured that he entered into contract with private agencies only on short term basis. Though that meant he would earn a little lesser, he chose independence over money (kuch paane ke liye, kuch khona padta hai).

Playing cricket with my trek leaders and friends at Hargaon

 


My Himalayan Odyssey are a series of posts from my travel to the Himalayas which took place between 30/12/2016 and 07/01/2017

Marriage and Love

28 December 2016

First of our friends got married today. What I saw today in the faces of Amanda (the bride) and Philip (the groom) was pure happiness. Love is a beautiful thing, I suppose, and by marrying the person we love, we give our love an identity.

But are love and marriage synonymous to each other? Love can exist even without marriage. We see people loving their parents, girlfriends, pets and friends. The contract of marriage thus is not needed for love to exist. Also, marriage too can exist without love. It happens when we do not really value the person with whom we are entering into the ‘contract’.

But when love and marriage co-exist, things are so much more closer to the ideal, the relationship between the couple thrives with happiness, and they let out their happy vibes to the rest of the beings.

Maybe that is why my friends’ and my happiness knew no bounds when we heard them say ‘yes’.

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My Jugaadu Adventure are a series of posts from my travel to Bengaluru, Gokarna and Mangaluru which took place between 23/12/2016 and 29/12/2016