My recent trek to Everest Base Camp gave me a lot of time to think.
It’s not often we get to go for days with no decisions to make and no responsibilities. For almost 3 weeks during the trek everything we did was out of our hands. Others dictated what time we would get up, when we would eat, what we would eat and how far we would walk. Our bodies dictated when we would sleep. We didn’t even have to decide what we would wear, apart from a change of undies and a clean t shirt every few days we donned the same thing every day.
It’s a rare luxury these days to have time to do nothing but think and I must admit it took a few days to adjust, to just let my mind wander. When it did relax though my mind was able to go wherever it pleased, it didn’t have to consider other people, it didn’t have to comply with any expectations and it didn’t have to stress. Consequently when it closed down for the night, it closed down.
The Himalayas for me was the ultimate in freedom to think.
With all this time to think and to contemplate what did my mind and I discover?
- That we need to do things at our own pace. There were 13 of us in the group, some were very fit and had trekked before, others weren’t and hadn’t. It’s no good, in trekking or in life, trying to keep up with the front runners. If you’re more comfortable in the middle of the pack or bringing up the rear that’s fine.
- Allow others to take control sometimes, it can be very liberating.
- Stepping outside your comfort zone is scary but doable – when you succeed in whatever challenge you’ve set yourself it’s the best feeling ever!!
- Walking in this huge landscape where the earth pushed up these mountains eons ago creating valleys and peaks, green on the lower slopes and a moonscape once above the tree line, we’re just tiny dots. So too in the grand scheme of things called life we are tiny and insignificant. Realise this and move on.
- Life is not about just one mountain, enjoy the experience of getting there.
When have you been able to let your mind wander?