Inspiration,  Travel

The hike that changed my life!

 
It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the scintillating scenic beauty of Norway last month. Norway is the most beautiful country in the world. Its pristine beaches, snow clipped mountains, the fjords and crystal clear rivers make it an undisputed virgin beauty.
During the trip, my husband and I decided to hike the Preikestolen Mountains or the famously known Pulpit Rocks. This is a very steep rocky mountain, slippery along the way and scary at the cliff top. We consider ourselves very lucky to have made it there and reached back safe and sound. Now, let me confess that this was my first mountain trek ever. I’m not sure if I can pull off another one like this. I’m not a fitness freak, not at all adventurous and not an adrenaline junkie. I’m not aware of the technicalities of mountain hiking. I was wearing a normal Nike jogging shoe and woolen sweaters. Both didn’t work in my favor as it was slippery, hot and humid.
This is an attempt to pen down all the stray thoughts that gushed through my mind while I struggled my way to the cliff top.
Take one step at a time- in work and in life. You see in life, every little problem appears to be magnified. Like the 600 meters giant Pulpit Rock.  Your goals may seem unachievable and far off. The only way to crack this is taking baby steps towards it, one step at a time. Slowly you take big steps, make your own way, and overcome every hurdle and BANG! you have finally arrived
 

 

All that matters is the 8 letter word ATTITUDE! During the trek, I happened to meet this 85-year-old lady all the way from Japan. She was on a solo expedition and was eagerly looking forward to touring the world. In that age, she was full of energy and her spirit was alive and kicking.
 
When you are in the middle of nowhere, rather than looking ahead and cribbing about what is left to accomplish, it is always soothing to look back and reassure yourself that you have already come a long way and give yourself a pat on the back

 
It is okay to slip one time, several times. What counts is whether you give up and go back or you stick it out.
Everyone has their own pace. At any point in time, there is always going to be someone who has reached much ahead of you, who is smarter than you, and sharper than you. Everyone has a different time zone. Don’t allow yourself to be overwhelmed by peer pressure. Don’t be hard on yourself if you are unable to make it there before the others, what should matter to you is whether you achieve your dreams.
 
Enjoy the present, live in the moment. When you ultimately reach the cliff top, forget not to enjoy the chilly breeze, pleasant weather, happy faces around and cherish all your achievements.
Do you have a similar hiking experience to share? Please comment below.

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