Over the last few weeks, it has been interesting witnessing how differently people react when I tell them about my travel plans. While some think it’s great and exciting, many other look at me with surprise and ask “ By yourself?!!”. Is it really so strange to want to travel alone?
Don’t misunderstand me, I Iove being with other people. Indeed, I believe that life only takes its full meaning when shared. But I also enjoy spending time by myself. We spend so much of our days running around and constantly doing things, but rarely take the time to just be with ourselves. We seek distraction and company via all kinds of devices as if having one’s self for company was the worst thing possible. But why should we expect people to enjoy our company if we don’t ?
I am always amazed by how many people, when eating alone at restaurants, stay hooked to their phone. I sometimes go out to eat by myself and I genuinely enjoy it. There are so many things to observe around. Interesting things don’t only happen on Instagram ! I look at people, try to guess their stories. I also get to enjoy and fully experience my meal. I can focus on the textures, the tastes, the smells. Being alone is only boring if we make it so. It can also result in an amazing awareness and openness to both the internal and the external world.
Indeed, in my opinion it stands as the best opportunity to meet and interact with other people. How often do we reach out to others when we already are in a group or busy doing something?
It is not in my nature to be very outgoing and I will for sure have to go out of my comfort zone to make the first step, and engage with people I don’t know. But after all:
- all my dearest friends were once strangers.
- isn’t life, thus growth, all about getting out of the comfort zone ?