Just about everyone over 20 is familiar with an old show called Cheers. Famous for the song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name,” we hear about comfort in familiarity. About how we crave company from those similar to us, those who are known to us.
But sometimes we shouldn’t.
Sometimes we should go to a place where no one knows our name. It is in that time when there are no familiar influences that we truly learn who we are. Without your family and your friends, who are you really? We don’t often get a chance to fully reflect on who we are, and a change of scenery can help us to get a fresh look at things.
When I went to Kerala for the first time, I committed to spending three months in a village. I didn’t know anyone aside from the director that I’d been emailing for about a month. In that time, I feel that I changed as a person and I value the time that I spent there. I honestly believe that it helped me overcome some of my social anxiety.
I know it’s scary to leave everything you know. But even if it’s just for a couple of weeks or a weekend, sometimes time alone in a new place is exactly what we need.
[This was the first blog post that I did entirely on my phone. If autocorrect made a fool of me, I’m truly sorry.]