I was looking through some old pics this weekend and was reminded of my first time traveling somewhere completely alone. It was wonderful.
It’s always been difficult for me to be alone. I enjoy shared experiences with friends. I love being around people. It’s one of the reasons I became a journalist.
When I was 21-years-old I studied abroad in Toledo, Spain. Most of the weekend trips to surrounding cities were with people I met in the group, but there was one trip I took completely alone.
I went to San Sebastián. It’s a city in northern Spain and it was amazing.
I learned that when you’re alone you’re not really alone. There’s people around you everywhere and your even more aware of them. I learned it’s easier to be your truest self. You have no past when your alone. You have no expectations to live up to. You just get to be you.
When I was in San Sebastain I felt completely free. It was a beautiful serene place. I didn’t think about my past or my future. I just lived in the present. It was amazing.
Have you ever had a moment like that? I think it’s important to learn to be alone. I’d love to hear about your experience. Please share with me in the comments below.
La Concha Beach, San Sebastián