I didn’t realise when I ventured off this morning that today would be the last day of my walk. It was only six weeks ago I was ankle deep in the Arabian Sea - tentatively, like a toddler, about to take my first steps on my journey.
I will forever carry the love and compassion they showed me. It is so easy to get caught up in your own ego and forget where your priorities lie.
I get cabin fever super easily - so went outside for some fresh air. As I went outside I was greeted by a swarm of dragonflies - hundreds flew around me. I shit you not - this is the 5th day in a row that this happened.
I had a restless night's sleep - so close to the finish and have picked up a ripper of an illness. The mocker is always real - I only bragged on my birthday about keeping my health relatively together during the walk - having not had any real sick days.
The final frontier has begun. It brings mixed feelings as this daily routine of walking feels entrenched into my life. I have no doubt that the simple exercise of walking and exploring new territory has triggered something in my brain to help me grow as a person and reduce the draining negative thoughts that previously consumed me.
It was my birthday weekend and being the birthday whore I am, I decided to reward myself with an extra day of rest as I prepared for the final 147km of my walk.
I saw this tiny reception sign and walked around the corner to see the nightwatchman, an old man sleeping curled up on a small bench seat.
Trying to be patient in an impatient world, an art that I have yet to truly master - but one where this walk has provided ample opportunity to be put into practice.
I don't believe that everything happens for a reason. I've witnessed too much to say this. However, I do believe that everyone that comes into your life is there to teach you a lesson - some far more implicit than others!
Despite our language barrier and age difference we hit it off immediately. Banter back and forth - we laughed as he called me out for being soft as he looked down and compared our feet. I have no doubt he could walk over burning coals or broken glass without even a grimace on his face.
Larry David - easily the biggest hero in comedy. I sometimes think how his character from Curb Your Enthusiam would react to the everyday life scenarios faced in India
There was a moment when I went out to get some more ice and was faced again - if you will believe it - with my biggest issue of the trip. Racism.
We can't live a pain free life - it's impossible. Pleasure is easy! The big question is what pain are you willing to endure to reach the good shit.
There was no specific route I had in mind - I was going purely on feel and rhythm. It's one of the most unique feelings - no panic as you wonder where to sleep just raw excitement - contemplative on where the road will lead - focusing on the trip not the map.
It was on one of my famous or infamous first dates that I am known for. I have certain rules that I have learnt to follow now.
Whilst you can make some horrible decisions - Guilty! - It is important to realise that you always have the ability to turn your life around with each beautifully awesome decision you make.
I was just about to pass out for the evening when Pravin and his mates arrived on their motorbikes and stood outside my tent and uttered 5 word of the same sentence I didn't think I would ever hear agai
Here I am sitting in the middle of nowhere in India speaking on my mobile phone to my family in Australia via Whatsapp for free. Technology is an obvious game changer in the way we live our lives - having a significant influence in all facets.
As I strode ahead I was suddenly confronted with an image of a flipped car. I quickly realised I was first on the scene of an accident
As I fast approach the halfway mark, I am constantly asked on the walk - "Mr. Tom, what is your purpose?"