i will succeed and be on top of the world

i will succeed and be on top of the world


Thank you so much to all of you. To sit and listen to
someone for so long it’s a big deal. Because when you sit
and listen to someone, it requires you to
keep patience � that’s what I think. Actually, I am 26-years-old. In 2011, I was thrown out of a
running train by some robbers. I have also been a
volleyball champion. In 2011, I was wearing a gold chain, and some
robbers threw me out of a running train, I was travelling from
Lucknow to Delhi. It was a general compartment,
there were a lot of people nobody tried to intervene. was bad realy but cause i have the spirit of a player i decided
to not easily let go, not even after struggle. Even I resisted, there were four to five of
them, and they threw me out of a running train It was unfortunate that at the same time another
train was passing on the adjacent track. I first banged into that train
and then fell on the tracks. Both the trains passed. After a
while, when I tried to lift myself up and saw that my leg had cut off. I lifted my thigh and saw it was hanging
with the jeans, blood flowing profusely. Bones of the other leg were
all broken and had come out. All night I kept shouting in pain on the
tracks, there are small rocks there… crying for help. Nobody came to rescue me All night shouting so much
that I could no longer see. When a train used to pass
the track would vibrate Not only that, some had
got a free invitation you must have seen small
rats on the railway tracks. They were now chewing
on my injured leg. My brain consciousness was working I was fully
aware, but there was no movement in my body. Every second I was thinking
how I could save myself. The whole night passed, in the
morning some villagers took me to Bareilly District Hospital in UP.
This is where it happened. In the morning, when the villegers
took me to the district hospital the pharmacist, doctor, and everyone
were all discussing among themselves that they did not have
anaesthesia or blood and if they wanted start my
treatment how could they start. Though I couldn’t see, I
could hear all of this. From where I got the
strength, even I don’t know, I said, “Sir, my whole leg is crushed, and for so
long I was on the tracks and I endured the pain, but for my good you will
now cut off my leg” Maybe you won’t believe this, or you
would have never seen this before that a doctor or pharmacist donated
their own blood to save a patient. After hearing what I had to say, the doctor and pharmacist both
gave a unit of blood each, and amputated my leg
without any anaesthesia. Even today, I feel that pain. Every time I speak, I
feel all that pain. After that… When the media found out, people got to
know that Arunima is a national player. I was then admitted to KGMC King
George Medical College in Lucknow. From Lucknow to AIIMS Trauma Centre in
Delhi, on Sports Minister’s intervention. Everything was going fine, because of being
a player I started getting good treatment. For about four months I was
being treated at AIIMS. After AIIMS, as I started getting
better after about 25 days, I looked at the newspapers, all twisted stories “Arunima
didn’t have a train ticket, and jumped off a train” “she was rejected by her family,” and
even, “Arunima attempted suicide.” For a girl whose limb had been amputated, future is
unknown if she’ll be on a wheelchair or crutches To the extent that my spine had three fractures, I
didn’t even know if I would ever get off the bed. You can only imagine what must be
going thought my heart and mind. You can imagine the situation of the family whose
young girl is going through such a situation. They say “Where is a
will, there is a way.” On the bed at AIIMS, I decided I
was shouting out what I had to say everything that was happening
was at such a high level, and I being from a middle class family,
was shouting out what I had to say but nobody was listening. They say… From my heart, mind
and soul, I made a decision — It’s okay, today is your day say
how much and whatever you want to say one day it will be my turn,
and I will prove who I am… …prove who I was. On the hospital bed I decided, not
volleyball but life’s most difficult game I then choose mountaineering. To say and to do there
is a huge difference. When I first thought about mountaineering
and shared it with people, the biggest thing was to get
training under proper guidance. The second thing was sponsorship, a huge amount
I had never seen 40-50 lakhs (~ $80,000) before. It was a huge thing for
me to raise this money. When I shared with people that I
wanted to pursue mountaineering, and I wanted to try for Everest. Everyone asked me had I gone mad,
“You can never do mountaineering. One leg is artificial and
the other has a rod.” “Have you lost your mind? Your
spine is also has a fracture.” “You’re mad, forget this and take
up some job and spend your life.” The biggest problem with people is that
they just look at your physical self. They look at my legs, what is going on
with my conscience that no one knew. What I feel… Today, I have been observing and I
have learnt so many good things here. You have heard from so many great speakers,
and even I am speaking to you today. No matter how much I am
able to motivate you, no matter how many
things I share, but what I feel is the biggest motivator
is you yourself. The day your inner-self is
awakened toward any goal, nobody can stop you from
reaching that goal. I am not saying things that
are picked up from books. I have experienced each moment.. None of these are
quotes from books. Each moment of my 26 years that
experience is what I am sharing. After that, somehow I managed. My brother… my family
was my backbone. My family and brother suggested
that we meet Madam Bachendri Pal, who summited Mount Everest in
1984, that she would surely help. After being discharged from the
hospital, my right leg had stitches, but instead of directly going home, when people
were thinking how I’ll spend the rest of my life, When people think
what about my life There were only two things
going on in my head Firstly, how will I answer
all these people, and secondly, how will
I summit Everest. Right away we went to
see Bachendri Pal. When she first saw me she
started to cry and said, “Arunima, in this state you even thought about
such a difficult challange like Everest that means you have already
conquered it in your heart, now it’s just for the
sake of other people.” Apart from my family she was the
only woman who had faith in me that yes, Arunima can do this. That itself was a
big deal for me. Planning is all done.
I have met my mentor. Everything got done, but
when you get on to the field you then find out where
you really stand. I reached the road
head, then ma’am said, “Your saying and thinking won’t do,
Arunima you have to prove yourself.” I said, “All I need
is one chance.” Really, when I reached the mountain,
from road head to base camp it took people two minutes, but
it used to take me three hours because my right leg’s
bones were not yet healed, my left leg was a prosthetic,
the stump was all red all the wounds were still fresh. If I used to place my leg forcefully,
it would start bleeding. Everyone else on the
expedition was normal all of them used to say to
me, before every climb, that, “Arunima you take
your time and come slowly.” The only thing running
in my head used to be “What is this!! I’ve
planned for Everest, and I can’t even keep
pace with any of them.” I made a vow with myself There will be one day that
I will reach before them. Maybe you won’t believe this,
in the next eight months with all the weight
on my shoulders, we used to leave
base camp together and reach the top first. I used to turn around and see
that they have been left behind that made me happy. What made me happier was
when they would ask, “Madam, what do your eat?” “Tell us”, “You have no
legs, but walk amazingly.” After that, I got
full sponsorship. When I went for Everest, the biggest challenge for
me on the Everest journey was to explain
myself to the other. I couldn’t explain it to
anyone that I could do it. When I went for Everest,
and met the Sherpa When Sherpa found out that I had an
prosthetic leg and the other has a rod, he refused to take me fearing
the risk to his own life. Madam, us, everyone
somehow convinced him. We saw for real what you only
see in photographs and TV blue and green ice, it’s
absolutely terrifying. It is as terrifying
as it is beautiful. We had six people in our group Up till the rocky
areas, I was ahead As soon as I reached the
green and blue ice, my artificial leg started
slipping over the ice When I would raise my left
crampon in front pointing, even with pain in the left
leg, I would still do it. But with the artificial
leg, my leg would just turn the leg itself would move. Sherpa told me, “It is not possible
Arunima, don’t do it forcefully.” I said, “No way, this is my leg!
I know how it will work.” Finally, after several tries, holes would form and ice
would start breaking I would slowly go ahead
placing my foot in the holes. It was all fine up till Camp 3 I properly acclimatised
myself and reached Camp 3 When it comes to going further up
from Camp 3 to South Col Summit for even the best of
mountaineers and brave-hearts, their determination
completely dwindles when they see someone die right
in front of their eyes. And when thoughts come to your
mind and your decision making And thoughts come
to your mind that that for the same reason
we are going ahead is for the same reason these
people are dying and have died. Most of the climbing is
done during the night because the weather is calm When I left South Col camp
in the night from camp 4, wherever my head-light went I
could only see dead bodies I got goosebumps I couldn’t understand,
didn’t know what to do Not only that, on the rope I was
using, as I was going forward I saw a Bangladeshi
whose hand was moving [painful sigh sound] the sound
was coming from the mouth. I can’t explain
how afraid I was. Again and again the thought
running in my head was that this person’s oxygen
ran out, he is dead. In this last situation, I am
unable to do anything. What to do. After that, I just stood
there for 10-15 minutes I said to them, “Out of you all, if
everyone succeeds in summiting Everest, then it is alright. If not, then I
will summit Everest for you all, and return alive” Because what we think like our bodies
also start responding that way. Because of the dead bodies one
couldn’t go forward from there, as the anchor was in the same rope,
I had to step over the dead body and that’s how I
started going forward. When I reached the Hillary
Step close to the south summit my Sherpa gave me a huge shock, “Arunima, turn back, your
oxygen is running out” Right after Hillary Step is the
Everest summit, just a little climb. Imagine being so close to your target,
and someone tells you to turn back. Imagine how that would feel. I said, “What are you saying!
I won’t go back.” He said that you still have
rest of your life, try again you will eventually
summit Everest. I said no. You don’t get golden
chances like this again and again. It depends on you if you take
these chances or let go. I never wanted to let
go of my golden chance. because I knew how difficult it was
for me to raise money and sponsorship If I leave it once, I won’t
get this chance again. Finally, Bachendri ma’am and my
mother had explained it to me once that sometimes in life, situations
arise where you are all alone and only you have
to take a decision, wherever you are, turn
back to see and reflect that you have reached here step by step,
just put forward your foot once more you’ll see after some time,
you’ll be at the top. In my head, her words were
playing like a video. And only the Everest
top was on my mind. I first tried to
convince the Sherpa, “Brother come, nothing
will happen.” Finally, when he did not
budge, I took a step forward. I took the decision that I’ll
go forward without fail. We went ahead. In about one and a half
hours, I was at the top. Not just that, even today
every time I speak I feel it every time,
I get goosebumps. If feel like raising both my hands
up and to shout out loudly. To should so loudly that
I can tell everyone that today I am at the
top of the world. Tell those people who think that
firstly, a woman, secondly, handicapped, and then thirdly, from a middle
class family [can’t do it], those people who after losing
once don’t want to fight again Those who think they can’t
do anything after failing. To shout from the top and
tell all those people that “No, you can do everything,
It’s all how you think!” A person is handicapped only
[physically] not from the [mind] If a person is handicapped
from the [mind], then normal people are handicapped too
who are handicapped in the [mind]. I wanted to shout
loudly and say this. [ I asked Sherpa to
click a photo of mine because everyone does that. You get the sense of the value of a
National Flag when you are out like this. I was also overjoyed. I hugged the flag, and
asked for a photograph He replied, “Have you gone mad? Your oxygen can run out any moment.
Climb down!” But I said no, and told
him to click a photo. He clicked a photo. The next time he got so angry when I asked him, “Brother,
make a video also” At the height of 8848 mts, and
my oxygen is running out. Today I am laughing
along with you because here there is
sufficient oxygen. [laughs] And when at a height
of 8848 Mts, if anyone were to ask the Sherpa to film
a video, he was troubled “Have you gone mad? You die
here, I am going down!” I said, ” No, nothing will
happen, you make a video.” Somehow I convinced him. I had taken four to five
pairs of batteries with me, a disposable camera
and a back-up camera, that if one doesn’t
work another will. with proper planning. Maybe you all must be wondering why would this girl
take such a huge risk, she could have lost
her life any time. But I took that risk
because I wanted it� I was also mentally prepared
that I might not return alive I wanted that if I did not
return alive, this video I told Sherpa to deliver
this video to my India so this would reach the youth. Because I wanted it… On April 11, 2011,
I had an accident, on May 21, 2013 at 10:55 I
was at the top of the world. [applause] Almost within one
to two years… How?… from the [mind] from the [heart] to succeed… [this mission]
had become my life, it had become my obsession, it had become my
passion, my insistence. Sleeping or awake or sitting, I could
only see Everest in front of my eyes. I feel that if anybody
wantes to reach their target Until from the [mind] the
madness comes, it won’t happen. Finally, he also made a video. Now he was asking me
to quickly run down. When I was at the top, there
were some more people there. At 10:55 I summited Everest, if
someone tries to attempt after 11 we call it a suicide attempt. As soon as I started
going back down, most of the deaths happen on
the climb down on Everest. As I am coming down, I only reached so
far and my oxygen completely ran out. You can only imagine when
the oxygen runs out, what would have
been my situation. I fell down on my
side like this. Sherpa was saying to me
that he didn’t think that I could summit Everest,
but still you did it. He said, “I want you to return alive.
Come, stand up.” He was repeatedly trying
to make me stand up. I couldn’t stand up on my feet. Really, I had no strength. They say, like we have our own
rules, God also has his own rules. If my name is not on his
list, he can’t take me away. Secondly, my concept
was fully clear now. When I was on the railway track, lying there for 7 hours 49 trains went up and down. My concept had
become fully clear. The meaning of this is
if God had saved me, then must be for
creating some history. I took it in a positive way. And at the same time, a British
climber was coming up. He had two oxygen cylinders, he threw one right there, and started going back down
with the other one because the weather
was really bad. My Sherpa anchored me
and started going down and quickly brought it
back and put it on me. He said, “Arunima, you are so
lucky that you got oxygen here. Definitely, God wants
you to stay alive.” He was calling me lucky
again and again. Maybe there might
be some of you who believe in luck and fate, I
don’t know, may or may not I don’t want to hurt
anyone’s sentiments But I do not believe in
any of those things. My belief is that luck favours
those who have the passion to win. If you don’t have
the passion to win, then in all directions, there
are only excuses, only excuses Maybe even if I had
turned back and came I could have said that
my oxygen ran out, nobody would have questioned me,
neither Bachendri ma’am nor my family, no one would have
come to ask me. But would have I been able to
explain it to myself? Never. Finally, whatever it was
luck, fate, or destiny… I was coming down. I was very happy, Mountains, dead bodies, and my
Sherpa only they were there. I couldn’t even share it with
anyone that I had summited Everest. Couldn’t share it with anyone. Quickly, pushing my heels into
the ice I was coming down. In one whole piece, my entire
prosthetic leg came off. The temperature goes down to 60
degrees centigrade on Everest. My hand wouldn’t bend, and it had started bleeding. I was telling Sherpa. Already
my leg is already amputated If this thought gets into my
mind that they would have to amputate my hand too.
How would it feel? There are 3 stages red, blue and black.
Mine was already red. If it turns black then
they have to amputate it. Again and again I am telling my Sherpa
that something is wrong with my hand There is no movement in my
hand, there is all blood here. He said, “Nothing Arunima, the further
down we go, the better it will get.” My prosthetic leg has already
come off, I have stopped, my oxygen is still working, that I got because
of whatever luck, fate, or destiny… My Sherpa is ahead of me, until the last moment he
would try to convince me, but If I don’t move, he will
simply leave me and go ahead It”s not his fault,
what can he do, why risk his life
because of a climber. It’s not his fault. At last, tears started
rolling down my eyes. I thought, “What can I do now?” To cry….on its own it just
happens, from somewhere tears come. The next moment, I understood
that crying won’t help. I wiped my tears. I had a rope, I
grabbed that rope, and grabbed my artificial
leg with the other hand, and started to drag myself down. That’s all I had. The other option was to give up. Only two options. I started walking
dragging my leg. After walking down for a
while, there was a rock. We stopped, opened the leg and
fixed it, and then started again. Camp 4 to the summit and summit
to camp 4, it’s 3500 feet. People generally take
15-16 hours to summit it. It took me a total of
28 hours to summit. Every mountaineer, Indian
or not, had assumed that Arunima won’t return alive. Everybody had assumed that. When I reach South Col camp
again and opened the tent zip. Everyone said in shock, “Oh! you’re
here, we thought you passed.” Everyone said that. After that we all
were celebrating. To tell you all this I
had only one intention that everything in within us, we can do whatever we wish for. Already time limit is over. I will recite a 4-line poem. Actually my aim is to summit the
highest peaks of all the continents Asia’s Everest is done, Africa’s Kilimanjaro is done, Europe’s Elbrus is done, On 23rd November, I am leaving for
Australia for the highest peak there. All I need is your good wishes. Now the four lines: The real flight of this
hawk is impending. The real flight of this
hawk is impending. Right now, this bird
is yet to be tested. Though I have leaped
over the seas, the entire sky is remaining. Thank you so much. Thank you. Thanks a lot

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