Ive talked about this before but it was a while back. One of the very first posts I ever wrote on here was about traveling alone as a women. It was a little over a year ago and I remember how people were always asking me why I travel alone, telling me how dangerous it was, and how I should be traveling with a man by my side. It was always the same and sadly that still hasn't changed all that much. In the past year though I have heard more lines that go somewhat like "Good for you!" or "My daughter also travels alone" or "Wow, I could never do that but I admire you for that".
I have heard all the lines by now and I can say that it never really gets old. You run into some people that make you roll your eyes but then there are a few people who make you smile and wonder about all the things they know. Through traveling alone I have grown a lot, not only as a person, but also as someone with a wandering spirit. The more I see and explore the more amazed I am by everything and the more I crave the outdoor lifestyle. I crave it like nothing I have ever craved before.
I honestly don't know who I used to be when I was in school. It is the total opposite of who I am now and it still amazes me that I have come this far. If I was asked about adventuring five years ago I probably would have been to shy to leave my neighborhood. To go anywhere I didn't already know about. To be anything but this person who made all these promises that I never kept. Now I feel like I have grown into something more alive and real.
School made me feel so alone and forgotten and by traveling around and seeing the world I have opened myself up more and I have made something out of the shy little girl. There is so much to see and do. There is so much to explore. There is so much more in our world then we think.
Im proud that ive taken this time for myself. I'm proud that iv'e stepped up to the plate and ive decided to take time for myself. Im proud to be me. I may be born in a generation that doesnt like to go anywhere, do anything, or leave their little town they were raised in but I am not them. I'm one of the few in my generation who has decided to see the world. Be something other then a number, a fact or another person making babies. I want to be something in my life. I want to be SOMEONE who one day can say, I did that and I loved it. I want to live, breathe, and be who I am now and I am doing that..
I cant wait to see what is waiting for me when I finally am able to embrace everything that I love and be fully me.
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