It was a revelatory trip. I slept, I journalled, I walked, I snorkelled, I explored.
“I think I always asked, even subliminally, what do I want to do today? Universe what gifts await me today? And I found joy, pleasure, wonder, amazement, satisfaction, peace – EVERY DAY” (from my journal)
The island accommodates a maximum of 400 tourists at any one time. I don’t know how many were there with me; I do know that I spoke to a lot of them. From a simple hello to tips on where to eat and activities to do, to deep and meaningful conversations about life, I spoke with my fellow travellers.
And isn’t that the great thing about holidays, the people you meet. That holiday gave me a different perspective, the beginnings of self-appreciation and self-reliance. Experiencing things for myself and reflecting with myself.
“I have so totally enjoyed the solo walks, the wonder of looking at the trees, appreciating things for myself…almost like sole responsibility to look at every little thing with no reliance on anybody” (from my journal)
I had to get over my self-consciousness about eating alone – or not eat. I came to realise that it is not that big a deal, eating alone. Everybody else is in their own world, having their own experiences. Nobody is concerned about what I am doing – except of course for the waitress!
Late one evening as I was walking back to my cottage, I stopped and looked up and thought “why not”, so I lay down in the paddock just looking at the stars: because I could. I lay there for about 15 minutes, drinking in the Milky Way. It was peacefully spectacular.
The solo path to self-discovery and self-reliance is pretty amazing, isn’t it?
What discoveries have you made on your journeys? I’d love to hear your stories, so please leave a comment below.