Lessons from solo Road Trips
Travelling solo has taught me a lot and provided clarity on many parts of my life. I am not usually a person who enjoys personal journalism, but I made an extra effort to write down all my thoughts from this journey and these are the few that really stand out for the important things I have learned.
1. Material things are not important, stop holding such high standards. Why do you need such a big house when children in other countries are sleeping on dirt, can't get an education, and don't have the luxury of trying a new recipe for dinner every week.
2. Always take care of others and show compassion. Everyone is fighting a battle that you know nothing about.
3. Do not sweat the small stuff. You are alive and that alone is a miracle. What would you do if you knew that you had only 15 years left to live? (The owner of the candy shop told me his whole life story on Homemade Caramel, which was dealing with him. We met a few months ago that his doctor told him this news.)
4. Fear is the root of you which prevents you from achieving your dreams. Remove fear! Just do it and dream big!
5. Going out to eat all by yourself is not so bad. Yes, people stare ... Many people stare, but you can do what you want and you don't have to deprive yourself of certain aspects of life because you have no one to do with them.
6. Don't be prepared to see the scenery around you - it is a beautiful miracle. Stop running away during life and take a moment to appreciate the little things.
There you have it, my recent solo road trip in a nutshell. I can only end up outside of Chicago as my farthest destination point, but it wasn't about the final destination that mattered. It was about the path of the journey that made the difference. What is going on around you, what you really want in life, and want to bend your car on any road or state highway, because you are curious where it might be about what this mini soul holiday is about. Everything in!