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Living Life on the Edge: Captain Nero’s Perspective

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As I walk along the trail, I see a crowd ahead. I skip a few metres to my left, leave the trail altogether & scramble over some rocks.
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A local trek leader hails me to come back to the trail. I see his concern. He is worried I might fall over the boulders. I smile and signal that it’s me. I won’t fall. I’m not being cocky. I know I won’t.
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I thank my stars that whoever created me, made me a monkey I don’t worry when I see a maze of huge boulders. To me, it’s fun to run over them. I know exactly where to plonk my feet, which rock to jump onto next.
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A few weeks earlier, I stood on a rock and jumped across a river. A lot of onlookers gasped & thought it was too dangerous. But I had calculated my jump, I knew where I’d land. To me, it wasn’t a risk.
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Why can’t I just toe the line and walk along the trail? Why do I keep searching for these little adventures? Why do I feel the urge to jump over a blistering stream, when I could just walk across a wooden bridge. What do these things achieve – a wet shoe? Some panting? A smile? What’s this constant need to challenge myself.
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Because. I know no other way. I remember Legend Christopher Mcandless’ quote, “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure…”
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Normal doesn’t do it for me. I respect it, but I looove challenging myself. Is that why I couldn’t stay in the corporate world, and forged my own path?
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All the people on my Instagram I gush abt, are adventurers. @leo.urban jumps trees. What does he get out of it! Its just trees. Well he gets sheer happiness out of it!!
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@domtomato @robert.wall, @alexhonnold – these are characters, who do marvellous things that don’t make sense to most. They risk their lives according to us – in their heads they know they can do it every time. But what they do has the power to make us gasp and overwhelmingly so.
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The world needs mavericks as much as it needs practical men. It needs an adventurer as much as an engineer. It needs a Michael Angelo as much as an Einstein, a Sherlock as much as a Madam Curie.
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So I keep walking. Ahead, I see a chasm between two cliffs. I think I can jump across to the other side. A guide signals me not to. I smile.
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Neeraj Narayanan

Neeraj Narayanan, a.k.a Captain Nero, is the founder of OHOT. In the summer of 2013, he quit his corporate job and went backpacking around the world. In a year full of (mis)adventures, he ended up being chased by a bear in a Croatian forest, being held at gunpoint by a mafia gang lord in Turkey, running with the bulls in Spain, and dancing in the clubs of Spain and Italy. A year later, he started leading group trips for people.

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