I don’t know how long I’ll live, even if I don’t become legend for others I should be able to look up to myself.
My phone was stolen on our very first train ride for GoUNESCO Challenge. I had just finished reading the last book in Shiva Trilogy on it, its battery had died and I dozed off for a few minutes. It had been a particularly cold journey in March which is rare and we struggled to get any sleep. As I woke up from the cold I searched around for my phone on my berth. Couldn’t find it anywhere and finally called out to Aj sleeping in the berth below. He looked around and in a few minutes we knew it had happened. Coincidentally train had stopped in some lonely area around the time and it started again by the time we concluded that the phone had been stolen.
Why do I share this story with you? For two reasons
1. First, you should be careful with your belongings especially if you are travelling in sleeper class on trains. There are lot of people traveling who are simply not reliable and the are everywhere. Being absent minded will get you to your destination without your belongings.
2.Second, I did not let this incident stop me from traveling and many more incidents both good and bad happened along the way
I put up Thread on Reddit which I did mention on—- which asked people to complete the line
I would travel if only….
One of the replies was- Fear.
I have written about fear on my other blog as well and you can read it here. Basically fear is a crippling crutch which feeds on your insecurities and leaves you paralyzed in situations where it is a must that you deliver. Crying on my hotel room pillow and missing my phone would have helped nobody. Instead we went out as planned and visited beautiful caves of Ellora along with some other delights Aurangabad has to offer. Next day we were off to Ajanta and even though I had lost my phone a day ago I had awesome fun and did appreciate the hard work artists and monks had put into the detailed sculptures and paintings. I wasn’t going to let some thug interfere with me experiencing the epitome of Indian painting, and I did not.
No doubt there are situations when we are overwhelmed and can’t think straight. I have found out that these situations reduce in number longer you travel or involve yourself in any activity. As you travel more you would have experienced more and learned more. For example when a cab driver quoted a certain price I checked it with another person who would be sharing the cab with me. It resulted in a better price for me and taught me a lesson. The reason I asked was because I had learned to double check prices over the past year.
But that did not save us from being overcharged in SriLanka. We let our guards down when we find helpful people and generalize that all the inhabitants of a particular place are truthful. SriLankans are welcoming and helpful and as we got down the Rock temple in Dambulla we decided to eat right across the street.
We did not ask price and were charges over 400LKR for a plate of fried rice, it had cost us 150 almost everywhere else. Even if you take lessons and learn to get past problems they will always be there and find a way to creep up to you. It would definitely not have done us any good to fight or stop believing in the locals. Except for this person everyone had been great.
If you are not traveling because you are afraid of all the bad things out there you are wasting your own time. I don’t know how long I’ll live, even if I don’t become legend for others I should be able to look up to myself.