The Courage To Do Things Alone

June 12, 2014

38:365 Gratitude Project

I remember the day I decided to apply for my study abroad, I had never been overseas and had wanted to study abroad my entire college career.  Then all of the sudden there I was, the summer before my last semester and I had still not done it.  I had made excuses and put it off because I had no one to go with, no one else wanted to or could go, so that meant I couldn’t either.  Then one day I said fuck it.  I realized that if I waited for other people to be ready to do the things I dreamed of doing I would end up waiting my whole life and doing very little.  So I took the leap, I applied for the program and was accepted and 3 months later I was on a plane flying to Hungary on a trip that would change my life.

After that moment I decided that if I wanted to do something I wouldn’t let being alone stop me.  This philosophy has worked out really well for me.  I have visited 15 different countries, traveled for 8 months straight and have not been held back because I couldn’t find anyone to go with me.

It is not easy doing big things alone, it take courage and guts and being okay being with yourself.  Today I am so grateful that I have found that courage in myself for everything that I have done up until this point.  I think it is time to take this to the next level, to set new goals, lofty ones, and don’t listen to anyone who tells me otherwise.  I have accomplished a lot and I am proud of myself, and so thankful for the opportunities that have come along.  I love my life and I would not trade it for anything in the world.


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My name is Erica, I am a creative designer, free-spirit, and all-around dirtbag. Heart of the Nomad is a place for creativity, nature, and random musings. I write about life, share my husband's and my photography business, and my designs. Grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

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