How did your first solo trip change you as a person??
Were it not for that trip, I'm not sure I would have stayed in China.
And it kindled a sense of adventure in me. A desire to see more of the world.
- I'm ready to settle down now (wife, kids, mortgage payments...etc.)
- I'm more comfortable socially
- I enjoy being a leader now
- I'm closer to my mom
- I'm more patriotic
- I'm more internationally aware
- I'm more street smart
- I now believe there's a chance I could make a difference in this world
- I'm happier
And as far as realizations about myself:
- I was driven way too much by ego
- I was unhappy
- I am not a freak
- I was too critical/judgmental of others
- I had a massive wall up
And finally wisdom that I learned for myself:
- You can make yourself happy by making others happy
- Don't constantly compare yourself to others
- Friends fall along a spectrum
- There are lots of different types of leaders
I have gotten everything I expected to get out of this trip and more. If this question was asked in hopes of affirming that traveling solo will change you, I assure you, it absolutely should and will, whether you believe it or not.
ANd i am getting much better at talking to strangers!! And met some great people doing that!!
It helped me be more grounded, confident, and self-assured. For 10 years, I was dying to journey to Australia, and with every year I didn't go, I grew more and more apprehensive, with a bit of self-loathing -- I really did feel like a pathetic human being. After finally going, and simply reaching the goal I'd dreamt of for years was incredibly self-satisfying; now, there doesn't seem to be any goal out of my grasp.
I realized I love living in the US, even with its shortcomings and letdowns (what country doesn't have any?)
I never was clinically diagnosed with ADHD, but I feel like I can focus on a given activity longer and plow through.
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