I wasn’t going to write anything on the subject, to be honest. As a follower of many travel bloggers on Instagram as well as being a member of travel-related Facebook groups, it’s been quite…how do I say it, annoying, to read the conversations (read: divide) that is taking place.
One group of people urging others to stay inside, not travel, and to take the spread of this virus seriously and another group of people who are saying eff this virus: the flight deals are too good to pass up/I’ve had this trip booked for a while.
For the sake of ain’t-going-back-and-forth-with-these-nakers, I’m going to say only this on the topic: young, healthy people can be carriers of this virus, without even knowing it and can unknowingly spread it to less healthy people, in countries that don’t have the resources to take care of people as fast as where you’ve come from. So yup…I’m team stay home. After all, this won’t last forever and countries will still be there.
But my main objective of coming on here is to realize how grateful I am. If you know me, whether via the ‘gram or in real life, gratitude is a part of my fabric. I give thanks so much, because I truly live an amazing lifestyle and I don’t take any of it for granted ever.
Being on Day 6 of social-isolation has allowed my mind to wander…a lot. One of the millions of thoughts that crossed my mind was, what if this is it. What if all those end-of-world movies I used to hate, was coming to fruition (2012 or Contagion anyone)? Again, I have total faith in the universe that things will turn around, but the mind does wonder a bit when you aren’t operating at your normal full-throttle schedule.
From the thought stemmed an overwhelming feeling of happiness. And not happiness because I think the world is coming to an end, but gladness in the fact that whateverthehell happens, I have truly lived my life to the best of my abilities. I have done things exactly the way I’ve wanted to (for the most part), the way I’ve wanted to, and didn’t allow anyone to get in my way.
Pity was the next emotion to follow, because I thought of the countless people that I know personally and via the internet that have expressed to me how they aren’t living their best lives due to fear, financial constraints, or some kind of worry. The area that I am speaking of is travel…specifically solo travel.
I am so thankful to know if I don’t step foot on a plane again, these eyes have seen so many wonderful sights. And that’s also the reason why I’m not pressed to hop on a plane anytime in these next few weeks. I have something this world can never take from me…memories.
The last of these things was me taking a super solo trip to Austin,Texas to see one of my favs, Jill Scott, live in concert. Little did I know less that 2 weeks after, all concerts country-wide would be canceled.
I do hope and pray for those of you that don’t do things because of fear, lack of reliable travel buddies, or whatever the situation is change the narrative. DO YOU! Because one thing that I know for sure is that time will not wait for anyone. This world isn’t going to wait for anyone.
DO YOU, BOO!
If there’s a restaurant you want to check out, and have no one to go with, go! A new movie playing and you decide on a whim to check it out, go! Your favorite artist coming to town (or out of town) that you want to see, go for it! A trip you want to take and your friends can’t get the vacation time guuuuuooooh!
A Solo Traveler By Choice, Because I Won’t Ever Wait For Anyone To Do Things That Fulfill Me!
P.S. Let me know if you end up planning something (for the future) during this self isolation time! You’ll def have someone rooting for you 🙂