About the Making of Us…

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Yes! Everyone has something to teach you. Each person we ever encounter has some kind of impact on us. I firmly believe, that we are a sum of the people we come across in life. Like a sponge, we absorb qualities, habits, lessons or even just memories from each meeting that goes into the ‘making of us’.

Of course, now there are some, who have a lasting impact on us. They mold you for the better or worse. Some build you up and some break you down. Some just observe you and you realize that even that affected you in someway (I don’t know! Maybe it just made you more aware of your actions). Even the ones who criticize and judge you teach you to not pay attention to the haters. They make you bullet-proof.

Your colleagues affect your work; your friends and family lead your personal life; your seniors and role-models inspire you to do better; the less fortunate than us incite empathy; a stranger on a bus also makes you wonder. A smile from an acquaintance, an unexpected letter from an old friend, an interesting conversation with someone all have the capability to lead us on different paths, yet it all comes together as one glorious life, well-lived.

“In your life, you meet people. Some you never think about again. Some, you wonder what happened to them. There are some that you wonder if they ever think about you. And then there are some you wish you never had to think about again. But you do.” – C.S. Lewis

My point being, that how we turn out to be is a consequence of every single thing that has happened and the choices that we made in light of them. And they make you the person you are today: strong, real, imperfect, flawed, quirky, weird, beautiful, worn-down but not defeated, like a flower after the storm – torn yet fresh and full of beauty!

Now, you consciously change for some, while for others it just happens (and these are the people worth keeping around!). Someone who never forces you to change but inspires you to do so.

As the famous line from Spider-Man goes:

“The great thing about MJ is, when you look in her eyes and she’s looking back in yours… everything… feels… not quite normal. Because you feel stronger and weaker at the same time. You feel excited and at the same time, terrified. The truth is… you don’t know what you feel except you know what kind of man you want to be”.

This impact does not end with real people either. Even the characters in the books we read and the movies we watch become a part of us. They help us along by either instigating our thoughts or just giving a much-needed escape.

And finally, that maybe, when the velvet ropes come down, in life, in our final walk, maybe everyone; real or fictional will be there, bidding us farewell and luck for the journey to follow.

… for in the end…

There are certain people that’ll inhibit a small, quiet space inside your heart despite any circumstances. They left a piece of themselves when your souls collided upon impact. And there they’ll always remain. – Victoria Erickson.

Viva la Vida…

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“The world is too big to stay in one place and life is too short to do just one thing.” So when the urge do something new comes a-knocking, don’t fight it, instead, go with the flow and let it sweep you into a whole new world.

Little do we know what the future holds out for us. However, we all have things, things we want to do before we, well, to use the technical term, “kick the bucket”. 😛

So here’s my bucket list:

(Warning: Being a fellow wanderer, most of my list will comprise of travel and sightseeing! Some of which I have already done.)

  1. Starting with a common one; to see the Northern Lights. Aurora Borealis!
  2. To witness the great wildebeest migration in the grassland of Serengeti and Maasai Mara.
  3. To go bungee jumping.
  4. To go sky diving.
  5. To trek through the Himalayas as often as possible.
  6. To go wine tasting in Paris.
  7. To sleep under the stars on a mountain cliff.
  8. To take time and go back-packing through Europe.
  9. To go deep sea diving.
  10. To visit the Great Pyramids at Giza. (Done)
  11. To visit and relax in one of those Geo Thermal Springs
  12. To play with Pandas (and own one if that’s even allowed. Though that probably requires a permit or something :P)
  13. To go on a boat ride through the Amazon rain forest.
  14. To swim with Dolphins, Sea Lions and Seals.
  15. Have a deep meaningful conversation with a stranger.
  16. Go camping with friends.
  17. Kiss someone in the rain.
  18. Go to a Masquerade ball.
  19. Attend a carnival in Brazil.
  20. Live in another country for a short period.
  21. Take a cruise on the River Nile. (Check)
  22. Visit the United Nations. (Check)
  23. Visit NASA
  24. Go camping at the Grand Canyon and Death Valley
  25. Go camping at Yosemite National Park and Yellow Stone National Park
  26. Fall in love with a complete stranger.
  27. Go on a blind date.
  28. Volunteer for a good cause for a short duration in another city or country.
  29. To spend the night in a castle/palace. 
  30. To float and read a book in the dead sea.
  31. Go on the Snow Leopard Trek in Leh or a chance to see the Phantom of the Mountains in the wild.
  32. Volunteer or work in a zoo with all kinds of animals.
  33. Trek on the Zanskar River in Leh in the freezing winters of Leh, also known as the coveted Chadar Trek. (Done. Wil describe the experience in detail in a separate blog entry. For now I’ll just use one word: Surreal)
  34. To learn self defense. (Simply because it’s badass.. :P)
  35. To go para-gliding. (Check. Gliding over the Himalayan Mountains is a different experience altogether)

…. The list goes on. Will keep adding things as and when I come across things I really wanna do. I have an insane calling to be where I’m not. For, “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” I follow the same line of thought. To do things I haven’t before, to take the road not traveled by, to be free in my adventures, to me, is to find where I really belong.

“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world. You are surrounded by adventure.”

For someone famous once said, there is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.

So, till then, I hope you, “Leave the road, take the trails.”