YOLO camp near Malana powerplant, ‘You Only Live Once’ was my go-to mantra. But after coming here and staying for 25 days stress-free, I realized that you live every day but DIE only once. My perspective towards life and in fact about everything changed and made it easier to live in this world peacefully.
Realising things for me was never easy until the start of the training program, few days into the program and I was already feeling very fresh and creative. I believe, in the hills, you automatically feel rejuvenated and the camp location being at a distanced area and away from the hustle-bustle of the tourists and backpackers visiting Kasol makes it the best in and around Parvati valley.
I was always skeptical about leaving my earlier job pondering what my parents would think about me quitting the job and switching into a completely different career path. Well, I’d like to make some decisions in life where what my parents think of me should not affect the decisions I make. Sometimes it’s really important that you choose what you want to do over what your parents believe what you should do.
When I went to YOLO, my thoughts became clearer, my decision making power was increased and I was a creative writer by the end of the course, Yes! That’s what my hidden talent was; WRITING! I never imagined I’d write something on my Instagram handle or blog post something. But hey, today I love doing that and thanks to the team at YOLO camp that I was able to start somewhere.
People are amazing, the team is very cooperative and looking at the enthusiasm for the daily work they do is always encouraging and motivating. There’s never a day without something exciting happening around, everyday’s a new day and the 25 day journey became a memorable part of my life.
Speaking of the food at YOLO, it is amazing and the Chef (Guruji) keeps inventing and experimenting new things, among all those dishes my favorite had to be banana Nutella pancake. Campers likes to have Himachali chicken, Kasol chicken and roti to finish it off with an amazing dessert which our Guruji is famous for being Snicker chapati. It’s basically snickers wrapped in dough which is later deep-fried. Yes, these are few food items which YOLO is famous for.
During those 25 days, I made a cute, not so little friend- ICE. He’s the soul of the campsite and our friendly pet who’s a big-time attention seeker and who likes to hide people’s shoes.
The journey was memorable with everyday tasks and targets to achieve which made it fun and interesting. New experiences were shared with the campers who visit our camp and the most fun part is the games which are played with them. And the barbecue near the bonfire is just cherry on the top. This counts in for the best days of their lives.
Even after returning back home, we look back at our time spent at YOLO stating that the concept is so unique that we need to go to that place as soon as possible to have fun again, and by fun, I didn’t mean smoking and boozing all day/night long but to have fun activities and games which is exactly the concept of YOLO.
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