Me, Myself and I
I get asked who I normally go hiking with, and the answer is usually nobody. It's not for lack of friends, or because I want to be alone, it ends up being a simple matter of timing. But I've never had a problem doing things on my own, whether it's going out to eat, to the movies, or traveling. I enjoy my own company, and more importantly I'm not afraid of it. Would I like an adventure partner? Absolutely. However, I'm not in need of it. There's also a lot to be learned in solitude. I've figured out more about myself being alone on those trails than I could have gained with someone with me. Occasionally we require these moments to recharge, reflect, and come back refreshed. We can be a better companion when we know who we are without the assistance of another person.
I'm sure I worry my family by going on these stag jaunts. A girl alone in the woods sounds like the beginning of a horror movie. I vow to them I'm cognisant of my surroundings, never without supplies, and promise to not accept candy from strangers. To be honest, I'm more scared being down town late at night than I am alone in the forest. People are far more dangerous than wild animals these days. I'm more concerned about the weather and how it'll effect my photos, silly but true.
Can it get lonely? Sure, there are times it'd be nice to share experiences with company. However, I've never regretted going someplace alone, because if I want to go I'm not going to wait for someone to join me. More often than not I make new friends along the way, so I never quite feel solo. It's cliche, but life really is too short to wait for the right person, the right moment, the right circumstance, when nothing should hold you back from doing what you want now. There's an endless list of places I plan to see, and I'll keep checking them off alone or not. I hope you do, too.