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No Second Guesses

Wednesday, December 20, 2017




You know, I never would have thought I would board a plane by myself. Heading to a city where I know absolutely no one. Go out to eat/sit at a bar by myself. No way! Then one spring day last year, I just kind of- had it. I’ve said this before, but I was totally stuck in such a rut. And I knew I wanted to travel and see anything and everything this world has to offer. (Well, I told myself, "let's start with the US first.") But seriously. I don’t want to be twenty years down the road and think what if? And how come I didn’t travel more? And dang I wish I traveled more!

Since I’m not tied down, and still young, at least I think so (I really don’t want to get any older! It’s quite a dilemma in my life!). But I am still young and I have nothing holding me back. So why not go for it. Right? Just book it and go. When I feel like I can’t do something, I always tell myself, just figure it out later. I always think of one of my favorite quotes by Richard Branson, “If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!” I wholeheartedly believe this! I tend to always say yes to new challenges because that’s just it- I love the challenge. There is no better satisfaction than proving myself and others wrong.

So I try not to second guess myself when it comes to traveling alone because if anything, I can just ask questions along the way. I can ask for directions if I’m lost. Oh and there’s this really cool thing called a phone. Where I can totally get directions and ask Siri something and can even order a car from. So cool, right? Now the panic doesn’t settle in until I’m on about 10% battery life. Then, okay. Worry a little. But I just think it’s another challenge that I’m willing and able to overcome. One cool trick I always do is go into my settings and change the battery setting to power saver mode. That has been a life saver more times than none. Trust.

But as the year is winding down. And as we're all probably drowning in tinsel and blinded by all the lights, I can't help but reflect on this past year and what a year it has been. All the adventure. The not looking back and just going for it. The leaps of faith. The anxiety filled days and whiskey and ginger ales. The red eyes and the flight delays. The baseball games and countless beers and all the history that was seen. And all the friendly strangers that I had conversations with in bars and stadiums. This year was definitely a whirl wind of dire need to get out and not be afraid of life anymore. I'm totally still scared of life, but I think I'm more accepting of it and willing and wanting to get out of my comfort zone. This was the year I told myself I'll start living out of my comfort zone. And so far, it has treated me quite well.

The New Year is upon us and I can't wait to throw my dart again and see where it will take me. What new adventures will come my way? Can't wait to find out! You were great, 2017! Now let's all cheers to 2018!


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