“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” – Oscar Wilde
This quote struck me today. It’s exactly what I sought to do during my travels at the beginning of the year, and that’s exactly what I got.
I have always been an independent person, making time for my friends, family, and past boyfriends while still managing to find time for myself. However, I felt that I had never really spent time alone – away from the people I cared about – and I wanted to experience that. I found I could take care of myself at my lowest points and I could push my boundaries and put myself out there to meet new people. Some of whom have become great friends.
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These are just passing thoughts on the time I spent roaming around Europe. I can’t believe it’s already been nine months since I began that journey. I’m that much stronger, self-sufficient, and happier because of it. I have found that since coming back home I have chosen to spend more time alone, but also time with the people that I really care about. I don’t have a need pulling me out every weekend to be in the midst of the social scene; I have found happiness in writing, reading, playing music, taking photos, and surfing. I love to be involved, but I’ve come to learn that true happiness comes from within. I believe one must be happy with oneself in order to find and share that happiness within others. To sum it up: I’ve found my happiness.
This has been quite the year and I can’t wait to see where the rest will take me. Even with all the good things that have happened this past year, I have a feeling that the best is yet to come.