By this time tomorrow, I’ll be in Berlin, Germany. From there I will begin my 6-month adventure traveling around Europe on my own, visiting 8 other countries before returning to Scotland in December.
I’m excited to start this next phase of my life but I’m also a bit scared.
Maybe scared isn’t the right word, but I’m anxious because I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve never traveled alone for this long, to places I’ve never seen let alone know nothing about. I have no idea what it will be like or who I’ll meet along the way.
I felt the same sort of anxiety leading up to my move to the U.K. 6 months ago. I had a one-way ticket to London and no earthly idea when I’d set foot in the U.S. again.
I’m glad I had the courage to not let this fear of the unknown stop me from taking a risk. I’m exactly where I want to be in life because of positive thinking and the choices I’ve made. When faced with various options in life, I always choose the riskier option or the option that would require the most work. I just remind myself that the payoff will be huge if I can pull through the more difficult option. So far this has been true in every case!
While I don’t want to leave Scotland because I’m not sure if I can survive being apart from my boyfriend for more than a few days (just being honest, folks), I’m forcing myself to carry on because I always make an effort to conquer my fears. Meeting new people and traveling alone can be scary but I crave the adventure of visiting new places and not knowing what will happen next. Even though I have no clue what it will be like, I do know for certain that I can handle any situation that arises. Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone is awkward and daunting at first but I always get over it.
To me, this fear of the unknown is minuscule compared to the fear I used to have that suddenly I’d be 60 years old with nothing ‘real’ in my life. Now I’m not worried about that at all. Everything in my life is real, even though I sometimes I feel like I must be dreaming because everything is perfect!
So try pushing yourself outside your comfort zone. Don’t let fear stop you from taking a risk or acheiving your dreams. Challenge yourself to become a stronger person. Who knows where life will take you!