A friend reminded me that at 50, we are the youngest of the old people.\nBut I cannot wait to get to the next stage and become the oldest of the old people.\nFor, I\u2019ve read that in the Hindu way of life, there are four stages:\nThe Student\u00a0 Life 0r Brahmacharya\nThe Householder Life or Gruhust\nThe Retired Life or Vanprasth\nThe Sanyaas Life (looked for a word but no English word seems to capture the meaning completely).\n[read more here]\nThis concept has been mentioned in the Mahabharat too.\nThe logic is this:there are stages in which the mind, body and soul are all perfectly in sync and ready for a particular stream of activities. If one\u2019s life is lived as per the preparedness of the mind/body/soul for these activities then the individual enjoys it wholeheartedly and completes all the activities that are possible to pursue most efficiently during that stage. A lack of synchronicity leads to dissonance and regret / disenchantment / lack of fulfillment in various ways.\nOf most interest to me right now is the last stage \u2013 when one must take sanyaas and retire. The logic here is that once one\u2019s usefulness to the world is over, one must pluck oneself out of the system and go and manage life and death in solitude. (Not unlike all the old age homes that people go away to.) To me the attraction lies in going away to the Himalayas.\n***\nHaving just returned from my 4th trip to the heart of the Himalayas \u2013 Ladakh, I am convinced that that is the place\u00a0 I want to die in.\nThis trip in the middle of winter was taken on as a personal challenge.\nThe idea of -15 degrees C was scary.\u00a0 The fear of the unknown limits the possibilities of life experiences and the only way to get rid of that fear was to go out and experience the root of that fear. So after a many what-ifs and abort-mission mental battles, I finally went.\u00a0 The 2.5 suitcases I\u2019d packed, had enough warm clothes and supplies to kit out an entire Everest expedition! But then a nomad must never be afraid of carrying her entire household with her!\nAnd there I was! At the top of the world. Doing fun things in the middle of Ladakh winter. With my favorite people \u2013 the rural people of India!\nCannot wait to grow old and move there permanently as prescribed by the scriptures!\n***\nA few pictures of these mountains that call out to me again and again:\n\n\u00a0\n\n\nThe calming stupor has now worn off, and soon more notes from my travels will be added.\nLook out for more in the Himalayan Diaries.\n\u00a0\njm\nMarch 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Waiting to Grow Old appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.