I remember the first time I went to church by myself, the first time I sat at a restaurant and dined alone, and the first time I bought a solo ticket to the theater to get lost in the latest motion picture. At the time the thought of doing these things alone left me feeling extremely uncomfortable. It was a really odd feeling to just sit, “Table for one?,” not look at my phone, and just be in the moment… alone.
To some I am sure I looked like a complete weirdo. What kind of twenty-something doesn’t have a friend, a boyfriend or a family member they can drag along to do these types of things? I have to admit, it all felt completely unnatural… at first. But the older I get I realize it isn’t as easy as it was in the dorm days to rally a buddy for these types of things - when you really want to do something, sometimes you might just have to do them alone.
This was a turning point in my life, a moment, a feeling I will always remember - part of “growing up” if you will. Learning how to be alone and be comfortable with it. It is so important and refreshing to develop this type of self-awareness, yet it is something very few millennial's will dare to experience, especially as technology weighs so heavy in today's cultural norms.
Recently, I crossed another big “do-it-alone” bridge when I adventured to Chicago. Because life is unpredictable, my traveling partner had to suddenly reroute to be with family leaving me with the option to call off the trip or go at it alone.
With non-refundable flights and a hotel room waiting for me it was a use it or lose it situation and Chicago wasn’t something I was willing to lose. After all, in this situation one thing was made known: life is short, and who knows if the opportunity to visit the Windy City would rise again. So, just like that I boarded my flight ready to take on a new city, alone.
Chicago what an incredibly breathtaking, vibrant city!
I took myself out to visit the Bean, bright and early to beat the crowd.
Strolled through Millennium Park and gazed at the beautiful trees and flowers that line the walkways.
I signed up for the River Architecture Tour which was surprisingly entertaining. I won't ruin the fascinating stories of the city - you'll have to hear them for yourself. Not only was it educational, but they served drinks, I was able to be out on the water soaking up the sunshine and see the city from a whole different view. It was gorgeous!
I was even fortunate enough to catch a winning game at Wrigleyville! Go Cubs!
This was an adventure I could have easily missed with dreams that would never amount to what I actually experienced on my tour around the city. It was on this trip I really understood the old saying, "when life throws you a curve ball, move with it – don’t stand in the way and let it knock you down." Push yourself to do more, see more, learn more – even if it means going at it alone. Take it from me, all your really need is an:
Just like that, you’ll be ready for your OWN adventure in this beautiful world❤
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