Walking with your friends is a great activity to do, its relaxing, and social, and outdoors. What more can you want? But what about when no one is available.
I often find myself with days off and going for a wander by myself, and I know a lot of people who wouldn't do this.
I have to admit I take a great joy in exploring places by myself. I have found some amazing sights that I probably wouldn't have ventured off to see with other people there.
Walking by myself means that I have space to think. Its the perfect cure after a tough week, or when my anxiety has been high. I can just breathe and listen to nature all around me. It really does help just get rid of any stresses or negative feelings.
I can just be me. I don't have to be restricted by anyone's limitations, or hold any one back. I can take 20 minutes trying to photograph one ugly insect without frustrating anyone else. I can really take the time to view particular things of interest for me. I can get lost by venturing off path, and find my way back again, or even do a spot of geocaching.
It also gets rid of the anxieties I get when I meet other people for a walk: are they going to be fitter than me, or visa versa. Am I going to go to slow, or too fast. Am I going to be able to hold the conversation properly. These are all things that go through my (daft) mind when meeting someone for a walk. Once I've met someone though, those fears almost always drift away.
And once I've finished a few miles walk, there is the sense of achievement that I have managed to walk without being my clumsy self and getting hurt and needing to call someone to help.
The best point of all though, is that every step I take on my own is training me for my solo trip from Land's End to John O'groats. My main goal.
Don't be scared to take a wander by yourself. It is one of the most relaxing activities in the world, and although it can be nerve-wracking to start with, once you're there and breathing in the fresh air, surrounding by stunning landscapes, it is worth it!
Until next time,
Jade - Your Introvert Adventurer. x