It’s been quite some time since I posted in my blog. It’s like I can’t even remember that I’m having a blog. Thus I scrolled down my own blog like a new blogger to refresh my memory about everything I have posted so far. As my introduction to my blog indicates that this is dedicated for one thing I love the most, MUSIC. But I’m not here to talk about music, not this time.
2015 is almost over and the new year is almost upon us. It’s quite common to reflect on the things we have done, achieve etc. It may be a pretty lame thing..? But it’s good to be thankful and be grateful for the positive things you have done and reflect on the lessons learnt. Okay, I’m not here to give life lesson either but to look back on how was the year 2015 went by.
As anyone and everyone would say “It’s a year filled with good and bad memories, happy and bad times, success and failure. I mean who can says it otherwise? That everything was just perfect. There’s two sides to every thing, you’ll never get only the plus side and not only the minus side, but a little bit of both. That’s called LIFE.
The first thing that comes to my mind when talking about awesome experiences of this year is the pilgrimage to Adam’s Peak. “Adam’s Peak” is a tall mountain in central Sri Lanka. It is well known as “Sri Pada”, that is “the sacred footprint”. The most striking this is that it is venerated by the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Christians and the Islamic since the Buddhists believe that it is the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Shiva and in Islamic and Christian tradition that of Adam.
Some who have been there regard the journey to the top as an ordeal. They “complain” how their legs hurt like hell. Yes, I do not deny the fact that it is pretty hard. If I am not mistaken, the walk is about 8.5 km up to the mountain and another 8.5 km down the mountain. It is nothing like walking the stairs of a skyscraper when the elevator is broken. The steps are quite steep and in the season (May to December) you have to walk in a queue till you reach the top.
There were times that I was so close to give up. I literally talked to myself (in my mind) and convinced myself that I was going to somehow reach the top. Otherwise what’s the point in coming. I guess the whole thing is a matter of mental stability than that of physical.
Not to forget the unbearable cold. I reckon it was the first time I had to experience such a cold environment. Well, living almost twenty five years in a tropical country like Sri Lanka hasn’t given me much familiarity in this kind of cold atmosphere. I was well covered myself from head to toe, the only thing which was visible was my eyes, obviously. But that wasn’t quite enough. I could feel my nose freezing.
I reckon that no one actually regret when they wind up at the tip of the mountain. NOT AT ALL! We started our journey at about eight in the evening and when we reached the top it was about five o’clock of the next day morning. The perfect time to observe the sunrise after seeing the sacred footprint.
It is a mind-boggling experience. If I am not mistaken Adam’s Peak is the only place you could witness the sunrise in Sri Lanka. It was magical standing over the clouds/mist, I could not tell. I’m glad that we were at the top to see the sun emerge from behind the mountains. Perceiving that with the naked eye is stupendous.
See it for yourself: Dawn of a new day
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This may be one small incident that made the year 2015 a year to remember. Of course this isn’t the only thing either. Anyhow small incidents like this altogether give you either positive memories or lessons for the betterment of your life ahead.