I am an eternal wanderlust-er and love to share what I see, learn and experience through my blogs, poems and videos. I think swallowing in different cultures has been a life-long journey, perhaps, it began as a child of Indian origin who was raised all over the world and that has left an indelible mark on my soul.
Now for my next adventure. I’m heading into the Himalayas for the first time ever!! 30 days of trekking, meditating, writing and un-thinking my way into the resplendent, magical and mystical beauty of the mountains. I’ll be trekking upto 22,000 feet above sea level. Woo! FUN.
My journey will be taking me into three new countries (Yas! Pinning and checking these off my world map!); I’ll get to experience Nepal, Tibet and China and its people for the first time. And yes, I am still pinching myself.
Rewinding for a second here to see how far I have come since last August!
I had just given up my life in New York City and a corporate career in advertising because I wanted the freedom to re-claim my time. I figured what’s the point of living a life that’s crushing my soul, one day at a time. I had absolutely no clue where this decision to leave would take me.
I just knew it was the right one for me.
As I am writing this, I recall a moment last year, when I told a dear one that part of this decision to leave the known is that I want to get back to my roots of exploring the world when I feel like it and not with restrictions on when I can “get” to go on a two week vacation.
I added emphatically, “Like, dude, I want my freedom. I want to go to the Himalayas someday! How can I do that with a full time job?!”
And if his eyes could speak, they’d say: “it’s not possible, why are you dreaming so big?”
But he nodded anyway.
I am thankful for that moment of grace on his part of not saying what he thought. I am guessing some part of him also knew, well, this is Neelam: she can and does what she says she wants to do.
Thing is, love. I just felt that my life must be experienced by me first.
I must show up for my dreams and the vision I had of living my art in the most vibrant expression possible: being true to myself.
When I travel, I have no expectations and I am looking forward to experiencing how my time in the mountain unfolds. I’ll share as much as I can, when I can.