Today, I would have ran over by a car because I was not looking from my side while crossing the street. Gladly, God spared my life. I spent the whole day with a special friend (a dear friend) that is really close to my heart, someone whom I know will always be there for me no matter what. Someone who simply understands me… and yes, someone who is such a blessing to me. For without him – without him grabbing me from my hand and saying “Look out,” I don’t know whether I’d be alive or not right now. (You know who you are.)
Based on what just happened to me earlier, there are simple reasons why solo traveling is not always the “best” option:
#1 No one is watching your back.
Don’t get me wrong, traveling solo is like being free and “alive” for a brief moment. – but would it matter if being free and alive means putting yourself at risk for any danger? It’s definitely a great idea to have someone to foresee anything that may or may not come your way.
#2 No one is there to tell you what to do.
Unlike others, I don’t know how to set up a tent. I don’t know if I am following the map correctly. I don’t know how to react to different circumstances that are pretty much unknown for me. I don’t know a lot of things. I mean, people are not really perfect that’s why there’s the existence of “relationships.” – Romantically or Platonically. It is somehow better to hear someone tell you that you forgot to attach the bolts to the chassis or what nots. Right?
#3 No one is there to encourage you to move forward.
Yes, solo traveling is great and all – heck, it’s such a heart-pounding feeling. But would it hurt to actually share your success with someone? Would it hurt to have a “real” person pat your back and say “Congrats! You just finished your goal! What’s next?” Someone who will just give you a thumbs up and help you step up to another level. Someone to support you.
What I am saying is… everything happened so fast and I was not able to process things up until we heard mass this afternoon. Sometimes, God is just looking out for us. So yeah, He sends a fantastic friend to stay by your side, let you watch a great movie (that makes you cry), have the best iced coffee on a hot day plus a delicious ube brasos de mercedes topped off with an order of Ted’s Original Lapaz Batchoy. He sends a friend that is too precious for me to lose.
I travel solo to learn more about myself and my capabilities – to train myself to be independent and to live my life fully. I guess I just learned that somehow… even if things are turning out fine, it’s always preferrable not to be “alone.” – Sorry for an emotional post, though. 🙂