Truthfully, adjusting to life post-India has been much more complex than I imagined. Structured variety was a large part of the program through continuous learning and new environments; now, I do similar things each day. Whether that is studying for the summer classes I am taking or partaking in the various responsibilities I have at home. I miss the mountains, waking up in the middle of the night to see the stars, or having fun conversations with my team at dinner. While I haven’t had a lot of time to honestly sit down with myself and journal or look at pictures, It is something I very much look forward to in the coming weeks when life is not as busy. Gratefully, our team, Vipul, Raju, and G, are still talking and keeping up with each other, and it is nice to see those interactions post-program. I am happy with the opportunity to get ahead with a few summer courses, as it will benefit me for years to come, but I miss the constant challenge of the Himalayan trek. As per my evaluation sheet, Vipul and G mentioned that applying my learnings as a leader to the front country life would be the next step, which is harder than I thought it would be. In truth, having limitless resources in the front country has made it harder for me to lead than it did in a harsher environment. Through more thinking and practice, I believe I will be able to make the proper adjustments. In the program, I was pleased to learn that while I may not have much experience, that does not outweigh the will to learn and think outside the box. Through the rain, snow, and harsh winds, I was able to follow Vipul and G as a novice to then spread the word to my team. Competency is important, but the road to competency is filled with mistakes, strong will, and quick learning. In the work environment or personal issues, I now see the value of stepping back and genuinely evaluating what needs to be done. In Dublin, I needed to act; if we could not meet the client’s goals, I considered that a failure as they trusted us. I always believed casing the environment is important in the wilderness in threats of animals or the unforgiving outdoors, but now I see the value in giving the mind a chance to step back. To
my potential detriment, I do not acknowledge the meaning of limits or burnout, but I do see the importance of calming the mind to make a better solution. I thank the Himalayas, guides, and conditions for teaching that lesson. Regarding my expectations, I was able to meet and surpass my goals of applying theoretical leadership while finding a new hobby, backpacking. Culturally, I wish we had more Hindi classes, but this is something that G wants to implement further next year. I will remember this for years to come, and I truly look forward to having more time to think about my experience.