Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Ruffin it!

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This week the Wednesday Challenge from partner Susan and myself is RUFFIN IT

When was the last time that you and your family left the city life behind and headed for the great outdoors and looked forward to a family adventure complete with campfires, marshmallow roasts and fun under the stars?

This week Susan and I encourage you to share your own experiences with life in the great outdoors.

As always our challenge is flexible,  feel free to do it your way. Words, Pictures, Poetry or Rhyme.

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Can you believe it when I tell you that we never went camping, ever!

It’s not a commonly done thing in our culture. Some people do go camping but these are mostly trekkers and mountaineers. Camping for just the fun for it is not common at all.

My experience of ruffin it was when I went to study in med school in another city. We were given residence in girls hostel. This was the first time I was away from my family and on my own. Lucky for me, a very close friend of mine was also attending the same school.

We traveled together to our destination and at first glance the hostel looked great. We were given accommodations in a two room apartment, each room having four girls sharing.

As I said that it was the first time I was away from home and adjusting to life in another city was a challenge. The apartment we had was on the third floor. It didn’t have any cooling, just one ceiling fan per room. And it was the hottest month of the year, June. We weren’t used to the heat so we tried making our bedsheets wet with water and sleeping on them. In the morning we got up with body aches and pains.

The food was not good either. The only good thing was hot roti fresh from the tandoor. The rest was barely edible. You can say that it was trial by fire. But during my stay in this hostel, I learned a lot of life lessons. I also made long-lasting friendships which are still strong even today.

It was an experience that I might not have had if I knew how difficult it would be in the beginning. But I am so thankful that I did go through it. It taught me to be adaptable and to be easily pleased with my lot.

So I guess, living in a rough environment is good for gaining experience and learning useful life skills.




35 thoughts on “Weekly Prompts Wednesday Challenge – Ruffin it!

  1. My Mother-in-law’s idea of roughing it was a hotel with a black and white television set (that was when they were still ‘box’ TV. I’ve had my share of camping and can do without the bugs. 😀

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  2. Thank you for sharing, Sadje. Reminds me of moving out of my parents house at 19 – was difficult, yet there was growth in many ways. Would still take me a few more years to be out on my own. I had more to learn.

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  3. A good life lesson. Also a good thing that you saw the lesson on it, Sadje.

    I experienced ruffing it when we my bestfriend invited me to go camping with her then boyfriend (now husband) and church friends. My brother and I went. I hardly slept as my feet were cold despite the camping bags. And then the next day we trekked for a good 4 to 5 hrs. It was exhausting but the view of the night sky was breathtaking, the view from the top of the mountain was amazing and the experience was unforgettable.

    I’d do it all over again if given a chance 😊

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    1. It must’ve been some experience. Sleeping outdoors is difficult, unless one is a deep sleeper. The night sky is unparalleled out in the wilderness.
      Yes, I’m glad that I had that experience. Very useful in later life.

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      1. The difficulties we experience help us to be better. We just need to see the lesson. I’m glad you shared your experience, Sadje.

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  4. Closest I have been to ruffin it is the summers at my grandparents cabin on the Missouri river… it had no indoor plumbing so I had to use an outhouse… not my favorite thing, too many bugs that wanted to share the space with me!

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