Has it ever happened to you? There was this one thing that you really wanted to do, you had all the willingness it needed, you had all the resources it could possibly take and you did not go ahead with it because you weren’t sure if it would work out?
It has happened to me.
I took a trip to Dehradoon with my college friends. I was very excited about everything that I imagined we’d do. Little did I know that I would come back with an experience that would change my perspective, entirely.
As a part of the trip, we decided to go on a trek to the George Everest peak. I was scared of heights and my friends weren’t familiar to this fact. We went ahead with the plan and started the trek. Initially, everything seemed good when we were at lower grounds. But as we moved forward, the fear started griping me tight. I still remember how I froze up in the middle of the trek and felt like I couldn’t breathe (Yes! It happened). As I took a little glance to my side, I could see we were almost halfway through. The tip of the mountain was close and my heart knew that the view up there must be something people yearn for. I decided not to turn back. In those few moments of fear, my introspection introduced me to my courageous side.
I took steps forward with all the strength I had. My physical strength was backed by my courage.
We reached the peak. I turned around cautiously as it was very steep and there was hardly any space to move. What I saw was something I’d never forget. A memory (now!) that won’t ever fade.
In front of me, was an envelope of clouds; a huge expanse of plain white serenity and in between the burning red of the setting sun. Could it be more beautiful? I cannot forget how strong I felt. Maybe it wasn’t really the view but the happy realization of being able to do what I never thought I’d be able to.
When I look back, I wonder what if I had told my friends that I won’t participate in that trek? I had all the resources, I was at the right place; I had everything it took to have completed that trek but ultimately, courage was what took me forward.
Those few moments of introspection made me realize a very simple thing
‘You are all the strength you need’.
Yes, courage is what it always takes…