Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.– Ralph Waldo Emerson.
To me to walk is the beginning of a journey. One starts the journey of his life all alone struggling through the long dark tunnel to breath the first whiff of air and see the first gleam of light. The Buddha had once said, “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” Looking back in history one will find that all the great people started their journey alone. It was only when people were convinced of their success or saw them succeed did they join them to be a part of their success.
The Dandi March during our freedom struggle was the result of one man’s conviction. It was the Mahatma’s idea and 78 people began the march with him in one of the most significant organised challenge to British authority. Would he not have walked to Dandi if these people were not there? He would have done it all alone! People joined him as they believed in his idea. It was one man’s vision which gave birth to our first organised army, the Indian National Army. In spite of all odds it was Netaji’s belief in his idea that helped him achieve what he did and no one can take away what he has earned, all on his own. Did Mother Teresa know that she will find the support that she got when she decided to respond to “the call within the cal.” It was Sister Teresa’s faith in herself that helped her in her lonely walk through her first year which was fraught with difficulties. She had no income and had to resort to begging for food and supplies. It was her single minded sense of purpose that made her the Mother.
Walking with others is good, but one of the best walks one will take is when one has enough courage to believe in one’s self to walk alone. It then will make more things possible than imagined.
When I say that I’ll rather walk alone it doesn’t mean that I am haughty, nor do I have a holier- than-thou, austere saint like image. To me to walk alone means being responsible for my actions and also for those associated with me. It means coming out of my comfort zone and challenging my abilities. One cannot sit and wait for others to join in or help start a task. One has to be his/her own leader and start. Mahatma Gandhi had said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” And that is my mantra! Also if you follow the crowd, you will go no further than the crowd. But if you walk alone, and find your own way, you will likely find yourself in places no one has ever been before. The Americas, Africa and Australia were discovered and South Pole and Mount Everest were conquered because of the respective explorers’ dare. They might have had a team to help them but it was their ingenuity that helped them achieve what they did. Remember there’s always one captain of a ship and only one general for an army. A revolution starts with an idea, a change is brought in the society with one person’s dare and a single candle can disperse the darkness. Walk alone, walk fast and make way for the mankind, so the generations after us need not go through the same struggles. A farmer toils alone not only for himself, a soldier keeps awake not for his safety only and a mother suffers alone just for her child. Noah built the ark alone to save life on Earth and Moses led the Hebrews to the promised land for their safety. Some battles have to be fought alone, some paths have to be crossed alone. So friends, walk on with hope in your heart, and you can make things happen walking alone.