In the modern world today – we are all interconnected.
In a sense, we are never alone.
Even when we are alone, we are connected to our 794 friends on Facebook or our 335 Twitter followers.
But when Christina left for Germany today, I never felt more alone than that moment.
And not because I’d miss her – because I will (and do).
But because I was in a non english speaking – foreign country, with no sim card and now, no company for the next few days (thankfully only for the next few days).
Having read a few pieces on solo travel recently, I can empathise with the struggles of being alone on the road.
However, I think there’s a fine line between feeling sorry for yourself before you have to begin putting yourself out there.
And as I was on the train back to my hostel – I decided that I better get ahead of it – and set up camp in the common area.
Best decision ever.
It was here where I met Theo – a philosophy student from Paris – and we ended up travelling around together for the next few days.
Being alone is not always a bad thing.
In a world where we are always stimulated by an excess of information and interactions – moments that can offer points of clarity and serenity are incredibly rare.
But in those special moments – you can realign and re-centre, and you’ll find yourself acting with more clarity and purpose – which is all we can ask for.
Clarity and purpose.
Ryan Cheng is the founder of The 88, and is passionate about telling stories surrounding travel, culture and identity.
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