During this year’s expedition, I learned that pushing yourself and getting out of your comfort zone can lead to self-accomplishment. When I heard that we were going to have a three-day hike, I knew at that moment that I would not enjoy it. However, as the days progressed I came to enjoy the hike, as the help I received from others was motivational. I realized that I have to get out of my comfort zone, in order to have new experiences which can lead creating more memories with others. Also, the accomplishment I felt after finishing the trail and going back to the lodge cannot be expressed in words.
In addition, not having electronics for three days was an interesting experience. I found out that most of my daily entertainment comes from electronic devices since I couldn’t think of anything to do during free time. However, I got used to not having electronic devices by my side at all times because I was experiencing new things and forgot about social media. Also, we were very busy during the whole trip and so I didn’t have much time to think about others things. Which shows how technology in my life might be something that distracts me during times where my mind isn’t so occupied with other things.
Lastly, before the trip, we were asked to keep in mind a few words, self-reliance, relationships, resilience, and leadership. Personally, I believe that relationships were what I developed the most of the few days we hiked. Since we didn’t receive any help from the guide about which path to take, or when to take a rest, it was all up to us the students. At first, I was nervous as our guide had never been on the track either. We were given a map, food and that was it. When choosing which path to take, our team leader would say one way, however if someone thought the other way, we had to take votes. As many other problems occured, and as we solved them, the relationships in our team had become stronger. By the end of the week, our team had relied on each other and trusted each other creating a close bond.
This year’s expedition was completely different to the past expeditions I have been on, as everything was up to us. However, through the many problems I overcame, I have learnt what it is to be self-reliant and the importance of your peers.