Green Trails being an initiative of Indiahikes to clean up mountains, I got an amazing opportunity to meet like minded people. Indiahikes being primarily a trekking community, I met with trek leaders that loved working to an extend they found excuses not to miss work in spite of dire requirement of it.
I recall a conversation with my trek leader friend, Archie and I were making bottle bricks (putting together plastic wrappers into bottles to later do something constructive with it). He looked like he was in pain. Later he told me he hurt his neck really badly and was advised to visit the nearby doctor (350 km away)
I inquired whether he was up to the mark for the trek ? All he said was “ he popped a pain killer at night and can’t wait to take my next trek.”
That’s when I realized the true value of “ if you love something you’ll find a way not an excuse”
A similar conversation happened with another friend of mine.
We had gone star gazing, and as usual, they weren’t any stars, but hope and disciplines keeps you staring till you find some. My friend said, “When I’m on my trek, time flies so fast, and I’m excited to come back home to basecamp.
But when I’m home, I feel like going back.”
And then this comes into my mind
“I rather be in the mountains thinking of god than in church thinking about the mountains.”