One of the prime reasons for backing off from your responsibilities, I believe, is the lack of confidence, the other is being lazy, for which there is no cure but self-determination. Either way, we might find ourselves entangled in a maze, lost in thoughts of ‘Can I do it?’ or ‘nah, I’ll give it a pass, let someone else take the trouble’. But what really holds us back is something we need to ponder upon.
I have to admit that I was one of the ‘no’ people, but that’s just the past. Everything changed for me from the day I laid my hands on a motorcycle, a ‘Royal Enfield – Classic 500’ to be specific. So how does a motorcycle really change a person? Isn’t it just a mode of transport for the less fortunate who cannot afford a car? Well, that’s what everybody else thinks at least. But for all they know, a motorcycle is a window to the world out there. It lets you explore, dream and discover. For me, it is my soul reviver.
Look back at your past and you will wake up to a rude shock that people just threw muck at your true potential by institutionalizing your whole life. Twenty years of schooling and they put you on a day shift? Is that the real you? It’s time to think beyond and break free to the other side. Rediscover yourself.
A casual meeting with my friends last Thursday evening sparked the excitement for yet another road trip. “So, guys, we have been riding to all the popular tourist destinations, why don’t we push our limits and ride a thousand kilometers in 48 hours flat? Let’s ride to the Western Ghats,” suggested both Diwakar and Prajwal. “Are you out of your mind? Its monsoon and it rains 24/7 there, plus Western Ghats means off-roading without tarmac!” replied the rest of the gang. I said, “Why not? Let’s get some excitement” and lo! The road trip to Kodachadri was on.
Saturday early morning started with adrenalin rush + 500 Cubic Centimeters of raw power, oodles of torque and 27 horses working in tandem, all waiting to be unleashed with a twist to the throttle. The highway sings its own songs and we were humming to its tunes till we cleared the plains and reached the hilly areas. Then began the overwhelming greenery and the mystic forest and the curvy roads, boy it was a delight to feel liberated, to feel the fresh air, to wonder about how beautiful the world is out there. What better way to do it than riding a Classic Royal Enfield eh?
The real challenge began when we started to ascend the Kodachadri peak, especially because there was no road to reach the top. We had to brave boulders, sharp cut rocks, two feet of slush, freezing cold water paths and insane hair-pin bends all the way up! Some of our biker friends took a look at the magnitude of the task ahead of them and the risk involved and decided to give it a pass. But we persuaded them to accept the challenge and believe in themselves that they can do it with concentration, courage and most importantly, the goal to reach on top of the peak.
Our way up was filled with hardship and risk, every corner was banked with loose gravel and it was impossible to push our bikes because one slip and its good bye dear earth. Two bikes got stranded in the slush and had to be ferried back in jeeps, yet the rest of the gang managed to reach the top! It was a truly exhilarating experience and we got our reward: a view of heaven!
What enabled us to finish the dangerous climb was not ‘only’ the power our bikes had but sheer determination, grit and perseverance. We really need to believe in ourselves. It is amazing to learn about the limitless possibilities we can achieve.
When I returned to office on Monday morning, after 40 hours of riding, I was still fresh as a cucumber and was filled with zest to work. I now know not to be afraid of the challenges ahead of me but to take them up with a ‘bring it on’ attitude.
So, when are you planning your next road trip – your own crazy adventure of self discovery?