When the natural world talks to us, it is usually in whispers that are often lost in the din of our own noise. But sometimes, if you listen very closely, the unmediated drumbeat of nature’s heart resonates so loudly in your own being, that you experience an intangible life-altering moment. I count myself fortunate to have experienced one such moment as I undertook the Auden’s Col trek in September of 2019.
Preparation for a trek is important. It is also exciting to beg, borrow or buy and get together all the necessary equipment to have a comfortable trekking experience. Suddenly, the most important thing in your life becomes waterproof shoes! To be at the peak of your levels of endurance and fitness is critical to how much you are going to enjoy your experience. One also needs to be fit for the other members of the group, so that everyone can reach the goal without worrying about the health of others. Ours was a motley crew, of which we were the oldies! On day 1, one of the young boys of our group informed us that this was not really a trek for people past the half century mark. With the spirit of typical youthful immortality, he informed us that 50+ people took a walk in Lodhi Garden! We then had the hilarious duty to inform him of our age, whereupon we suddenly became “ma’am” and “sir”.
A common interest group throws together diverse people who come together with a shared passion, regardless of their differences. In an internet driven world, it is so easy to find your tribe, people with shared interests and world views. The “cloud” allows you to cross age and social boundaries, to meet likeminded individuals from across the world. Of course, you may count yourself the most fortunate, if you find a life partner who not only shares, but also supports your dreams and choices. The excitement of undertaking this trek with my husband was certainly one of its highlights.