Impact - - CONTENTS - BY KE­SHAV BANSAL Di­rec­tor, Intex Tech­nolo­gies (In­dia) Ltd. & Owner, Gu­jarat Li­ons

Ad­ven­ture is not out­side man; it is within. – Ge­orge Eliot

This quote brought about a re­al­iza­tion in me. In the pur­suit of stay­ing ahead in every walk of life, I have of­ten been striv­ing to main­tain a bal­ance be­tween ex­ter­nal pres­sures and in­ter­nal peace. Hec­tic sched­ules do not per­mit me to in­dulge in hob­bies or pas­sions, as I am in­evitably in­volved in mul­ti­ple ac­tiv­i­ties all the time. It is only at the end of the day, as I go to bed, that I ask my­self ques­tions like “What should I do to re­ju­ve­nate my in­ner self?” The only an­swer that comes to my mind is “Ad­ven­ture sports.”

Ad­ven­ture sports, or ex­treme sports, are noth­ing but recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve a higher level of risk. Th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties gen­er­ally in­volve a great deal of physical ex­er­tion, some spe­cial­ized sports gear, height and speed. They in­duce an adren­a­line rush in the par­tic­i­pant. Here are some of my favourites:

Sky-div­ing: Sky-div­ing is one of the best ad­ven­ture sports ac­tiv­i­ties I have tried till date. The kind of ex­cite­ment that is built within due to in­tense train­ing and an­tic­i­pa­tion takes you to an­other level. I was for­tu­nate enough to get my train­ing from some of the world’s best trainers, and learnt pro­fes­sional sky-div­ing in just 10 days in Spain. It is an amaz­ing feel­ing when you sky-dive, the moment you are off the plane, it is just you right there, alone, fly­ing high in the sky.

Scuba-div­ing: My first scuba-div­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was in South Africa. It is one of the world’s most sought-after scuba div­ing des­ti­na­tions. Hav­ing ex­plored some of the most

ex­quis­ite un­der­wa­ter lo­ca­tions such as Sod­wana

Bay and the Ali­wal Shoal, there was def­i­nitely no look­ing back on this sport. A week’s train­ing and I had mas­tered this sport. I have also trav­elled to some more pop­u­lar scuba-div­ing lo­ca­tions like In­done­sia, Mi­crone­sia, Mal­dives and the Egyp­tian Red Sea.

Bungee-jump­ing: I call this the breath-tak­ing sport. All you do is jump from a higher ground or a bridge with a specially de­signed rope tied to your an­kles and just fall. Sounds daunt­ing, right! To be hon­est, it is, to some ex­tent. But the safety mea­sures in­volved in this ac­tiv­ity are some­thing to learn about. The ropes are de­signed to stretch and not break. So when you jump, the rope stretches all the way and bounces back. At that moment, you can ex­pe­ri­ence the plight of a bird. Of course, train­ing is a pre­req­ui­site in this sport too. I trained at Bloukrans Bridge, South Africa, one of the world’s high­est bungee-jump­ing sites. The next lo­ca­tion on my bucket list for bungee-jump­ing is Ma­cau.

All of th­ese ac­tiv­i­ties are not meant only for sheer plea­sure; they also cleanse the in­ner you.

It’s the only time when you are not wor­ried about any worldly pres­sures and are by your­self, close to na­ture. Just as a spa treat­ment re­ju­ve­nates your body and senses, ad­ven­ture sports re­ju­ve­nate your soul. Be­ing at peace with the in­ner you is in­trin­sic to ex­cel in all that you do.

My take-away from ad­ven­ture sports is that you are never go­ing to find time; so you have to make time. Do things that you have longed to do, share your ex­pe­ri­ences with the world and urge oth­ers around you to fol­low their pas­sions as well. After all, bal­ance is the key to a good life.

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