You can embark on epic journeys in your home country also. They are not made only by travelling to highest mountains or undertaking strenuous trekking. You may venture into your home country and surprise yourself by embarking on unexpected or new journeys. See the historical wonders, visit localities of different cultures and mingle with people there, venture into markets/trading joints, not seen so far, watch wandering merchants crossing the plains, mountains or deserts, lugging their wares or cattle. It may be interesting to watch fare collector in buses or trains, hackling for loose change or tossing it to invite passengers’ attention.
It is an old saying that one must see the beauty in all seasons and different weather and enjoy it. So visit a place which has catching weather or climate. Go for angling or fishing. Play football, tennis or other games with locals. Go for a boat ride, water skating, underwater diving, etc. Watch the sunset on a beautiful beach. Go for a night trek. Camp in a wildlife sanctuary. Bird watching or animal sighting can also be exciting. As the city and its inhabitants go to sleep, you could still engage yourself in the above activities.
While doing all the above or more, remember to inculcate the following into yourself:-
The locals may laugh or jeer at you. Remember not to react. Do not laugh or jeer at others’ mistakes. It may make you miserable. After all we are not Presidents or Prime ministers holding cabinet meetings, surrounded by great secretaries. While on the walk in streets, looking for things of interest or eating joints, be friendly, always. It will result in people welcoming you with open arms.
These are some thoughts and activities I get engaged frequently, and believe me, it gives out of the world experiences to become wiser and matured…
The tears that flow,
Of love, joy, care, comfort,
And of newborn, dead, hope,
Also, pride, pity, trust and prayer,
Whatever type it may be,
Best are of tenderness and kindness,
Make us shine like a blessed one.
Let the race begin,
Outsmarting one over other,
On shining sails with sparkle,
In our eyes,
Spread message of peace and happiness,
Never straying from righteousness,
Keeping the mirror ready,
To reflect our true self,
At each turn and tussle in our lives.
I am fascinated of growing with adventure,
Among people who grow with nature,
Adventurous and simple,
True and honest in heart,
Follow principles of righteousness and truth,
Enamored by taste of deep ocean and dense woods,
Wielders of natural weapons in their persona,
Anyone can sleep and work with them,
For endless times.
That is the life,
Being cheapest, common, easiest,
And that is them,
Those who take any chances,
Thereby getting endless returns,
For the well-being of His creation.
As there is nothing wrong in,
Being in love with yourself first,
It being the primary duty of everyone.
Bestowed in each one are solutions,
To each and every situation,
As positive outlook leads to your goal.
Than sky will come down to your goodwill,
Enabling scatter everywhere,
For ever and ever.
I trudge alone,
Far deep in the wilderness,
Ventured for a game or two,
Loitering deep in the wild,
Amazed at the awesome beauty of Mother Nature,
Feeling light at heart and the mind,
Scanning for a place safe and secured,
For the night.
As I settle down,
Lighting the fire to simmer my recipe.
Done with eatables,
I lay down for the night over freshly laid leaves and rug,
Keeping alongside my constant companions,
The rifle and faithful dog.
Morning descended bringing the excitement of what lay ahead,
Alongside drew a fine horse led by a native,
The ride through the countryside was enchanting,
Recording my memoirs,
A lifetime lived in those freshly unfolding events,
Of mingling with the tribesmen,
Learning through their culture and traditions,
Following their daily routine,
Feeling as one of them.
It seemed out of the world,
Not known and far from the modern living,
Time appeared to move in slow motion.
Everything seemed to happen with a purpose,
Making me humble,
Looking at the simplicity of their routine and habits,
I find a purpose and place in all the events and occurring,
As if scheduled to ink a place,
Among these simple human beings,
I visualised myself,
Old part of their clan.
As I put my feet among them,
Dancing to the tunes of their traditional rhythm,
Around the bonfire,
I seemed to relate with their story,
I appeared to have lived a fresh life.
That’s the outdoor I cherish and live,
Constantly educating and growing,
Through real life experiences,
Not available through traditional systems.
There are various advantages while engaging into adventure activities. Let’s capture some:
Getting obsessed of always being clean and neat actually reduces immunity in our body. It’s alright to live in nature, as it is. Engaging into outdoor activities builds up natural strength in our body to fight various ailments. You can be of any age to take up adventure. Just be physically fit. You can make it a lifelong hobby.
As you touch fifties, the brain gets smaller, leading to symptoms of memory loss. Just by taking up regular walk can keep your mind healthy, for life. Tracking or hiking keeps you mentally sharp.
The adventure activities involve lot of situations when there is an element of uncertainty. It builds up your capabilities to face uncertainties of human life. You learn how to find alternatives to various situations. You learn to contemplate rather than giving up, a common habit in modern day living. It brings happiness and pleasant surprises. Taking up outdoor activities build up physical robustness, as modern lifestyle do not involve much of physical activities.
As you become habitual to outdoors, there is an urge to go on again and again. And each time you take it up; there are new discoveries- about yourself and this world at large. Your perceptions about lot of things in life find new meanings. There is enormous buildup of self-confidence. And next time you tend to challenge yourself with more difficult activity. That inculcates a habit to dream bigger in your daily life.
The way our natural and living environment is changing rapidly, it may reach a point of no return, within few coming years. If you make your bodily systems adapt to surviving challenges, there would be better chances of survival in future.
Adventure travel has been known to bring new discoveries- about yourself and this world at large. It also helps to unwind, remove stress and help to relax from the mundane lifestyle. It is good for overall well-being.
The thoughts of Greens all around,
Making me mesmerised and awestruck,
How do I realise,
What value it is to us?
It must be God’s own creation,
For it is so soothing and peace giving,
Transforming an ordinary man into a erudite self,
Making one confidant of His dwellings,
Inducing happiness all pervading,
Like a veil spread all over,
No discrimination to black or white,
Whosoever receives it with open arms?
It engulfs him without any qualms.
It unites all as if curling in unison to spread words of Lord,
Taking in its lap all as if following call of mother- earth,
Each one finding solace out of its self-inducing love and faith,
As it comes from nothing to being vital.
Making them strong and surefooted,
Preventing collapse of nature and creation.
We are so lucky to be born,
Amongst sweeping presence of Greens,
Anchoring all of us into its care,
Defying death and sufferings.
Pursuing manifold habits no two being alike.
Many trying to do good,
Thereby supporting His creation on earth,
Below the sky, stars and all the planets,
Known or unknown,
Making all of us happy and contended.
Let us take this call,
For we may not get another chance,
To enjoy bountiful roller-coaster ride of this maze,
And be one with harmonious motion of all matters.
Trust your intuition,
The inner voice,
Let it not be in your second thoughts,
Make it your guiding light,
Your torch bearer,
As this will take you to your desired goals.
If you want to stop the lump in your throat,
Let your soul be imposing factor in your life,
The hustle and bustle of your daily life.
It will guide you through the lull and fury of phases in life,
Bringing love and compassion to the core,
Gently perusing the humane part to the fore,
Making mind transparent and open,
On each day,
Infusing all pervading peace and tranquility,
Feeling hand and spirit of God on your head,
In blessing, to help yourself and others.
Branches of Love are core to His creation,
Limitless is its reach,
Giving lease of life to all and sundry.
So make love and compassion,
The flagship of your disposition,
Bestowing trust and faith in God’s creation.