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.


More about Erica

Erica is a Californian roaming somewhere in the wildness of the world. She is a writer and a researcher, a dirtbag and an explorer. Heart of the Nomad is her creative space to contemplate the complexities of life and share pictures and videos from adventures. Read more to be assaulted by random musings and poor spelling.

Leave a Reply