“None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
One-way tickets are keys to unlocking secret corridors in your heart.
Enter accountability. All of a sudden, there is no one else to blame. There are no character flaws that are not your own. There is no one to watch your bag, no one to take a picture of you, and no one to lend you a jacket. You become the sole person to blame for anything you do wrong. And by traveling alone, you learn to accept responsibility for your thoughts, words and actions. So to speak, you begin to design your own life.
Enter independence. You are no longer the sum of your possessions, accomplishments and friends. You are just you. You learn to embrace the solitude you are given and learn how to direct your own life's coming and going as only you see fit.
Enter self-analysis. Our generation adores the idea of 'finding oneself'. But until you see how the world sees you outside of your own little bubble, you never can. But when you're alone -- truly alone -- you become able to see yourself through new eyes. Your old scars become exposed to new light. Your character flaws begin to come to light. You are able to learn who you are.
Enter self-understanding. When you are alone, away from all the familiar sights, smells, tastes and relationships, you are no longer an actor portraying who you have become. You are stripped bare of the expectations of your family and friends and you can finally learn how you see yourself. You can finally learn what makes you happy and what simply does not.
Enter hope. When you have analyzed, understood, been independent and held yourself accountable, the next step seems to always be looking to the future. Suddenly, the world stops getting in your way and you can look at the future for its everythingness and nothingness all at once.
Enter love. When you are alone, you must learn to love yourself, in spite of or even because of all your quirks and faults and flaws. And once you learn to love yourself, you become suddenly capable of loving others. And loving love itself.
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”By being alone, you finally discover that you were what you were searching for.
--Mary Anne Radmacher Hershey