On Being Alone

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So I went to the aquarium last Friday, which was something I was truly excited for—being a biology major and a huge child and all that. But I felt like I was slowing my company down the entire time, so I sped my pace up so that I wouldn’t bore my friend to death. But when I got home, I realized I forgot to do some of the things that I absolutely love doing in aquariums…because I didn’t want to inconvenience the people I was with. 

And then this weekend, it hit me: I’m a grown ass woman, and I don’t need company for everything. Sure, back in DC, I did heaps of stuff on my own. But there was something about touristy things that just made me reach out for company, like it was a taboo for me to browse through one of Sydney’s coolest attraction alone.

While company is great, it’s awesome to have some time alone every once in a while, especially when exploring unknown territory, whether it’s a new city or a hidden part of yourself. When you’re alone, you get to do things the way you want to do them, which is an opportunity you should take advantage of while traveling.

If you choose to travel or explore with friends, it’s important to have the ‘right’ people around you, especially if you’re looking to learn something new. People who take the time to appreciate new things and simply learn about whatever it is the attraction or restaurant or landscape has to offer—whether it’s their cup of tea or not—are the best sort of company, I’m finding.

Today, I ventured into the area by Hyde Park and up to the Quay without even asking my friends what they were doing today. And I found pleasure in simply being able to exert my own independence. Eventually, a friend joined me of his own volition, and I found that he was pretty awesome company when it came to meandering through the Botanical Garden along the harbor.

Lesson of the day? Don’t be afraid to take adventures of your own. You never know what you might find.

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