What is unusual in Gurugulam?
The Bajaj Avenger Club bikers, Gurugulam and Samarpan took us through a wonderful ride from Bangalore to Kolar today. The bikers were superbly organized and along with the Gurugulam team took care of the entire group. The leader always had a view of what was happening with the last rider through a martial rider who would zip back and forth to ensure the entire group is together and safe. They usually ride at 100 kmph, but today rode between 60 to 80 kmph. There were lessons learned for us adults on how as a group one could care for each other, ensure a safe present as we progress towards a secure future, while leaving no one behind.
The kids sat through the hours-long journey with occasional breaks. We whizzed past the beautiful water bodies, green locales, rocky hills all along the smooth highways. Kids who you would expect would be jumpy were relaxed, whom you would expect would cry were smiling, whom you would expect would doze off were wide awake, whom you would expect to be restless were enjoying the nature. They sat through in the front, led from the front, watching the vista unfolding in front of them. They were enjoying the ride, the surprise as it was unfolding, no one to dictate them what to see, what to hear or what to feel. The underprivileged kids from Samarpan had the ride of their life. A long ride that they would have only aspired to. Why don’t we let them build their own experiences while we just provide them the opportunities? These experiences would build in all our kids iron butts (sit through arduous journeys ) and mental strength of steel. They already have hearts of gold!
After a delicious breakfast at Maiyas, on the way back, the pit-stop near a village was a surprise, as was the meandering roads that took us there. Near the village, we let the kids do their rides, explore the environment, do the rides again if they wished to and explore the environment again. Grown-ups including the bikers, Poo and Gurugulam team followed the kids and hopped on to the merry-go-round joyride. It was hilarious. Kids saw the grown-ups follow them and do their bit. At no point was there an urgency even from the bikers to complete the trip or the fun rides. The kids got a lot of love, affection and care from them. It was only after the kids had enough did the group start off from there. But yes, the merry-go-round joyride motor may not stay the same again, with the load it took to carry 2000 kgs revolving at about 40-50 kmph. The motor exhaust spit out the blackest of the black soot that I had ever seen, crying for mercy from the adults who were reliving their childhood
At the thanks giving session, the Bikers referred to the Gurugulam team as parents. It says a ton about how the bikers saw the Gurugulam team take care of the kids.
The world is much more compassionate than what we believe it to be; it only matters that we reach out; break open from our shell and offer experiences that our children deserve to get; the experience would have added some new meaningful information to our kids’ brains. The emotions they felt would have some associated memories now. Some new synapses would have been created in their brain. When the kids go to bed tonight they would hear the humming engines and the whistling winds that they heard during the ride, they would dream the lush green locales and the rocky hills that they saw today and feel the love and affection they felt from some noble young men and women, some known and many unknown. They would feel secure developing a new or strengthening an existing belief system that the world is a wonderful place to live in. It is much more compassionate and caring that what they had thought it is. Tomorrow is another day, for them to test their limits, experience new things, build new memories. Growth is only when we move beyond comfort!