That being our last trimester, I was in no mood to prepare for my exams. Yes, that was the time by when I already had a job offer and was complacent. Luckily, I was able to find a few more of my sort in the A-Top (the top floor of the A hostel). We had a crazy idea of planning one last trek before we left the school. A couple of my friends (Alok and Debu) and I planned for a simple trek – we did not want to be too adventurous in between our exams. While it was a very simple one, it was a very good place to go. Hence, we decided to bike to the base camp early morning, finish the trek in 4 hours and come back by late afternoon. We carried enough stuff to last until the lunch.
Everything was as planned until we reached the spot and we started. After about a few 100 m into the trek, we saw a watchtower nearby and went there. After enjoying the awesome view, we went back to the trek. It is from here that we got lost! We realized that after about 500 m and we thought it would connect to the right path and continued for another 1,000 m. Then we thought a bit and decided that we will not go back, even if we have to climb the mountain, we did not have any gear though! We thought we have come for an experience so it does not matter if we do the trek or not, as long as we have the experience. We went forward until we reached the foot of a hillock. We decide to go up that hillock. We used the mountain grass that grew on the hill as support and climbed our way through. It was really a very tough trek! Mountain grass blades are very sharp; we had many cuts on the palms and entire forearms. However, our focus was on surmounting the hillock! The mountain grass generally has very strong roots; that helped us!
After about an hour of such ordeal, we finally could see the normal path. Nevertheless, we could not understand how our route would connect to it. We did not lose hope! We just went further, but this time, sideways, as there was no more grass upwards, it was only a rock. Luckily, after about another 30 minutes of trek, we could reach the way that connected to the correct path. We finally concluded the trek; of course, we took about two extra hours. Did that really matter? NO! It actually was the best trek we ever had. Apart from adding another one to our list of conquered treks, we experienced a tougher trek – climbing almost 75 degrees incline, we could see the base of the hillock when finding the next place to keep our feet. Among the three of us, I rate myself the weakest who would have quit if not for Debu and Alok pushing me.
This experience taught me that if we are determined, we could surmount all the difficulties and achieve our goals. Being at it is all that really matters! In our daily life, we cannot avoid problems nor can we go back to a time from when it would have been easier to tackle. All that matters in such situation is being at it and not quitting. I always tell myself, quitting is the easiest thing and if we quit we would miss many good experiences that would shape our mental being and make us a stronger individual.
I am, because of that experience and not quitting, a stronger person and have been able to face many adversities in both my personal and professional front. I thank my friends who shared the same crazy feeling of doing the trek between the exams, pushing me and supporting me during that experience.