This article is part of The Ascent Summer Program 2020

By Arav Barmecha

Lost. We have all been there. Maybe you have not experienced it but I am sure you have seen someone. Getting lost. You feel like no one knows you and you feel helpless, separated from family and friends that is exactly what I felt. 

The first time I was lost was  at the airport when I got lost., I know it is quite embarrassing to be in the middle of a public airport asking around for your parents. It can be very scary and traumatizing. In my experience, I was waiting with my family on the ticket counter. I was just a 4-year-old boy. I glanced upon a Christmas tree and ran to it. I was intrigued by it. I stared at the tree for 5 minutes. 

The tree was huge and covered in lights. I went back to the place where my family was and they were not there. I panicked and ran to a security guard. I said “ I’m lost”.

The guard took me to a stage and announced that there is a lost kid whose name is handing me the mic, Arav Barmecha. Meanwhile, my parents had sent my sister to find me while they were figuring something out with the security to find me. Once they heard the announcement they rushed to the stage. I was ecstatic to see them again and I apprised them of what happened. That day I learned a valuable lesson, If you get lost, stay where you are and ask for help. I still use this to this day, I’ll tell you how.

Have you ever had a great idea and then you just get lost in your ideas. That happened to me in one of the busiest places in the world, Japan. One of the other times I got lost. I was 11 years old and I was thinking of how when the magazine of guns get over they are no use in the fight. I was thinking that if you make the magazine and grenade they are going to be so useful. We were coming up the main road and there were two streets. I went down the left one and my whole family went down right. I realized I was alone and started to run in the street. My grandmother realized that I was not there and told my mom. My mom ran down the main street and my dad started walking down the right street and saw me running in the other lane. I ran to him. My uncle ran after my mom and it was so chaotic. After my Uncle caught my mom. She told me that if I get lost I can also go to the last known place, Apple Store on the main street. I felt so enthralled to see them again. It was truly a relief to see my family again. 

Now we all love games but I loved them so much I did not leave the arcade with my family. It is true, I was playing a game when my family was leaving the arcade and my sister called me. I was in a game and I intended to finish it. Once I did finish the game and made a high score, I made my way outside where I found nobody. I started to panic. This time I had a phone so I called my dad and there was no service. I did the only sensible thing. I stayed there and played that game. Later my dad realised I was not there. They rushed back to the arcade and I was there playing that game. 

All these experiences have taught me so many things, for example, if you are lost, stay where you are or go to the last known place. All these lessons have made me aware of how to handle situations like these.