Toward the beginning of the semester, a wonderful little personality quiz popped up on my Facebook feed. As a person who adores personality quizzes, I began answering question after question in anticipatory excitement. I scanned over my results, and one thing stopped me cold. Self-reliance: 0%.
“What?” I thought to myself. “But … but … I’m self-reliant! I do plenty of things on my own. After all, that one day … at some point … I think I went somewhere by myself … maybe.”
It was at that moment that I realized how dependent on others I am. I often second guess myself and desire affirmation from others. I still sometimes need directions five minutes from my house. I finally accepted that I am extremely and horribly dependent on others.
While I wish I could say that I’ve done a complete 180, that would be a lie. However, I can say that I’ve made positive strides toward independence. I've learned to cherish alone time, navigate streets without *too* much help, and plan trips like an adult.
Planning travel without a doubt takes a degree of independence. Figuring out hostels, trains, tickets, cheap things to do and more all lead to the type of independent thinking necessary in adulthood. While all that researching may not have been incredibly fun, it certainly taught me how to think and plan for myself.