Listen To Yourself. Try Something New By Yourself.

As a younger woman, a lot of people don't teach you to listen to your inner voice.  You have to listen to yourself and trust yourself first.

For my life I have learned to listen to myself and to my inner voice.  A few weeks ago, a mutual acquaintance was telling me she was going from Los Angeles to Montana by herself to take some classes...and she mentioned it was the first time that she was going to go somewhere by herself, completely alone and meeting no one she knew..and she is 51 years old.   You know what I told her?  I told her it would be good for her.  I also told her I started going and doing things by myself when I was quite young.   To list a few.

1.  At age 18 I moved to Savannah GA to be a nanny and live and go to college.  I knew no one but the family I was living with.

2.  At age 21 I went to Thailand to be an exchange student.  I did not know anyone.

3.  At age 22 I went to Phuket, Thailand to work at a 5 star resort on the beach as a PR intern and I did not know anyone.

4.  At age 23 I moved to Australia to be an exchange student and I did not know anyone.

5.  Between age 21-25 I went to The Philippines by myself to meet up with my pen pal, but I travelled alone and did not go with anyone but myself.   (The layover in Cebu, was scary)

6.  At age 26 I worked as a travel writer's assistant in and I went around Thailand and Laos by myself for several months and I did not know anyone on my travels.

My personal list goes on....and on..when I was 35 I lived in Milan, Italy by myself for 6 weeks and I did not know anyone, etc.

So going alone is normal for me.  Sometimes its not as fun as you think it would be, but you meet a lot of interesting people along the way.  All my experiences being alone turned out to be amazing journeys and I would not change it.

Because of these experiences I tend to listen to myself more than other people, and I am not wrong.  I am not always wrong.  I see too  many young people these days who do not follow their heart and do not do what they want to do because they are too afraid of being "alone" with themselves.

Try something new by yourself.  You don't have to buy a plane ticket to some remote third world country and go alone to become confident in yourself, but start small.  Go take a class at the local college by yourself.  Go to the movies alone.  Go to the mall alone.  Go eat out at a nice restaurant by yourself.   See how it feels.  Whether you are 21 or 51, do something new by yourself.   Be comfortable with yourself.  Get to know yourself.  Its not a bad thing.  Trust Yourself.

Me in Italy 

My friends I met when I went to Milan by myself...we still keep in touch.

Me in Khon Kaen, Esarn, Thailand by myself...travel warrior
Me, Myself and I in Italy for a business trip..on the balcony of my hotel in Bologna.  

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