I slipped a bit over the rocky terrain as we were crossing one of the tough spots during the Kashmir Great Lakes trek last year. Our trek guide, Mushtaq Bhai, held my hand to help me regain balance, warning me quickly about the possibility of sliding down the rocky terrain. "Aap ko kya lagta hai, agar aap gire toh main aapke saath girunga? Main aapka haath chhod dunga (what do you think? If you fall, I will fall with you? I'll leave your hand)," he told me.
In that microsecond, I quickly glanced to see where I could have fallen--a deep gorge filled with rocks. Reminding myself about my family waiting for me at home, I climbed higher to move ahead.
There, I learnt the most valued lesson of life. If and when you fall, you will be alone. And, you have to pick yourself up on your own with all your strength. The journey may be tough but it pays off to be resilient.
That's what mountains teach you--resilience, strength, belief--and then, the three most important words in life become 'never give up'. 'NEVER GIVE UP' so that life shows more vistas like this!
Kashmir, July 2017
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