Himalayan IbexEvery morning when an Ibex wakes up in the Spiti valley, it has just one thing to worry about – to spend its life amidst the challenging and the most difficult terrain of the valley in an attempt to keep itself and its family safe from the predator in form of the Snowleopard.

Every morning when a Snowleopard wakes up in the Spiti valley, it has just one thing to worry about – how to strategise its life amidst the challenging and the most difficult terrain of the valley in an attempt to kill a Ibex and feed itself and its family.

This is exactly the same case with all of us also. We are like the ibex which wake up in morning and we race against time doing all that we can to be happy for self and also ensure our family and near and dear ones are safe and win over Life. But life on other hand has a different story defined for us everyday and we dont know when we see the good or bad side of it each day. Each of these is defined by what we all term as “Destiny”.  Everyone knows we cant win against life and all that we manage to do is to survive yet another day in a challenge against life.  The difficulties we face can be in form of personal life, professional life, and anything and everything but its we who have to wake up to a new morning and decide how we tackle it. Some of us are crippled against it and some of us well prepared for the battle. Eventually its just the “survival of fittest”.

Just hoping that the almighty or supreme power gives us all that we need to face the challenges offered by life and get us going.

Few more images after the break . . .

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  1. Beautiful writeup Shiva. Fact of life is ‘Be Cautious’ at every step and decision that you take. One slip it’s a fatal fall. Every right step – you are being watched 🙂

  2. Very nice pictures!

    I certainly agree with the thought that we all ‘survive yet another day’. I have been thinking on similar lines in the last 2 months… and sorry for the lengthy rant below!

    As for the Ibex vs Snow leopard battle, I feel that is exactly where we humans are blessed! The Ibex or the Snow leopard have to live a life of ‘win or die’. They dont have a choice. We have a choice, yet, most of us dont utilize it! At least, a good portion of us humans do get to have a choice.

    The win or die attitude in our society is self inflicted.. mistakes are forbidden. Setbacks are seen as bad. Why not take life as an experiment? Why is it that we should get it right? Why not live a life of trial and error? For Ibex, one error is a matter of death and living, for us… it is not! Try many things and leave out ones that don’t work.

    But.. we get so fixated on getting it right and so embarassed about being wrong that we inflict a live or die lifestyle onto ourselves.

    My own experiment is to see if I can change it at least a bit. To me, there is no destiny! I don’t believe in it. The journey is more important! And I need to do things so that the journey is atleast partially closer to the route I like to take… therein lies the challenge. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I hate them…

    Sorry for the rant… :-(. Thanks for the lovely post.. triggered a bit of thinking in me!

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