And they wonder how I can spend a long weekend holed up in my room doing “nothing,” not realizing that despite my three days off work, I still feel I don’t have enough time to enjoy my books, writing, series and movie marathons, and arts and crafts.
I am often asked about how I can enjoy shopping or watching a movie by myself; I wonder how they cannot.
They marvel at how I can travel alone and be fine with it when I have always thought of travel as a journey of self-discovery, reflection, and learning.
It’s not that I don’t like people. I do (well, at least some of them, heh), and I love spending time with these people, but being introverted, I have always needed an alone time to think things over and recharge.
For me, being alone is not synonymous with being lonely. One can revel in being alone without feeling like s/he’s missing out on anything.
I am the happy introvert who is comfortable in my own company. I’m not anti-social, just selective of the company I keep and enjoy. And while some spend a lifetime chasing after their happiness, I have always found mine within myself.
photo taken at Cornell University’s Botanical Garden using a Sony Cybershot RX 100 II. Contrast edited via Snapseed. Frame/border is also Snapseed’s. Text added using Phonto.
Follow your heart… it may not be always right, but it did tell you what you wanted at that moment. Never regret that you paid heed to its calling for the worst regrets often come from the silent, unmet needs of the heart.
If you had to be wrong to get it right,
or get lost to be found, be so.
Make the experience worthwhile.
Photo taken at Surfers Paradise in Gold Coast, Australia using a Samsung Galaxy Note 5.
I know what you want me to be,
and I’m not there yet,
but I find it so touching
that you think that’s a beautiful thing.
“We’re all a work in progress,” you say,
“and I’d love to be the one
who’s with you as you grow,
as you live and learn
and celebrate the person
that you were, are, and will be.”
And I just want to thank you
for the inspiration and love.
It sure is uplifting to have someone
who wants me as I am
while unfailingly believing
in the person that I could become.
Photo taken at Cornell University’s Botanical Garden. Contrast edited using Snapseed. Filter (Aladin) and border (Clean) courtesy of Pixlr-o-matic. Text added using Phonto.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin
Who doesn’t love the feeling of being ensconced in warmth? Of knowing that she is always safe and comfortable?
Who won’t panic when gradually, the petals open one by one and she finds herself suddenly exposed to the elements?
I will, and I would have dug deeper into the flower in search of a snug place where I can again feel safe. Except that when the sun’s rays reach me, I feel warmer than I have ever been.
Life’s pretty much the same. We’re always scared of going out of our comfort zones to venture into the unknown. We do not want to take chances especially when the situation entails great risk. We worry when change challenges what we hold dear and wonder, “Will the outcome be worth taking the leap of faith?”
But really, we won’t know until we try, will we?
So take the chance and choose to bloom. It feels nice and warm to be ensconced within the flower’s petals, yes, but it’s warmer to be out in the sun. (And the views outside are more beautiful too.)
This post is an entry to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge by Lens and Pens by Sally. This week’s theme is Macro. Photos taken using an iPhone 6.