Some were going up other down. It is so impressive to see them. Whenever I felt that my backpack was heavy I would shortly after run into one porter and remind myself how lucky I was. Life is really about perspective sometimes. It is so easy to fall in the complaining trap. But there is something powerful in appreciating what you currently have and being grateful for it. I find being in Nepal I have touch a different depth of gratitude. I am not saying you have to be in Nepal to feel this but for me that’s where feeling grateful went from being a mental think to an actual feeling of gratefulness.
As we were still walking up I started to struggle a little. I find for me the strong sun light eventually gets to me. I took one hiking pole out to help me hike. A friend had given me his poles before I left Ottawa. I told him: ‘you may not see these poles again’ and he smile and said that it was fine. It’s funny how connection with people as no distance. There I was in the middle of this mountain and remembering how my friend gave them to me and felt proud of me for maybe doing this hike. So I pulled one his pole out and smile and planted his pole on the Himalaya ground!
That energy last me for a little bit. Than I thought I need some music! Music is such a cure for me. During my Buddhist course I was not aloud any music and that part was I think one of the most difficult for me. Ten days without music. So I took my phone out and first thing you know Ed Sheeran’s voice was playing in the Himalayas helping me making the last segment of today.
Than a sad song came on: Dean Lewis/Be Alright. Not sure what it did in my Ed Sheeran playlist. I started to think. About the past about a few things that have been hard and suddenly Sandesh said to me: No crying in nature! I burst out laughing!!! 😆 He for sure had read me really well! And thanks to him he didn’t let me get in that down spiral that the mind sometimes like to play. I change the song and immediately change my spirit. Why make this any harder I thought? It’s funny how the mind is sometimes.
Sudesh and I had a great teamwork when one felt the hike a little challenging the other one would talk about stuff. Finally people coming town told us we had 30 min to go to arrive at our destination for the day. So I told Sandesh we have 10 songs to go!
And 11 songs later there we were! High five 🙌 my friend we did it!!! Tengboche elevation 3875 meters!