Lower Spondylitis, three cervical slips and dislocation of a toe-joint were the health related issues I faced in 2008. Alongside I had syncope and chronic high blood pressure. In normal course, with these issues, one might vehemently oppose the idea of even going for a simple walk.
I, however, wanted to trek to Mt. Everest base camp. Age 64 years. My spine questioned its importance, “how can you ignore me and put me under such strain?” The toe protested “after all it is me who’ll ensure you to do the trek. If I am not well, how will you trek?” To me they sounded like kids making excuses to escape from home work.
But I was very clear. Come what may, I have to go. I wasn’t convinced that these were adequate reasons to not to go or to postpone the Everest Trek, even by a day. I had to convince my so-called problems. To my cervical spine, I said “I will not strain you. I won’t carry baggage on my shoulders; I’ll have a porter to carry the weight”. To the lower spine, I extended a carrot stick, “Don’t you worry. I have a nice, imported waist-belt to support you; you would love its company”.
For the toe I had, “I will take you to an orthopedic doctor, feed you with appropriate energy so that you won’t feel the pain, atleast for a few weeks.”
The Doctor advised me to postpone the trek by a fortnight to give some provisional treatment. When I refused and asked for a better option, he came up with a solution. He’d inject a medicine and within a week the toe would be good for the next 8 weeks at least.
Looking at my firm attitude, my good-old companions from birth, neck, spine and toe were convinced and happily made my trek to Everest possible.
We are faced with similar problems in other fields too, in day-to-day life. If we permit them to dominate, they restrict our success. If we have the will power to dominate these problems, success is assured.