Today I am thankful that I am an independent person.
I am really proud of the fact that I will go pretty much anywhere or do pretty much anything by myself. Go to Paris for a week? Sure, why not. Take in a play or concert alone? Sure. Go to the movie theater? Of course.
I wasn't always this way. Like most people, I was not very comfortable being alone in my early 20s. Then I studied abroad in Australia - without knowing a single person doing the same program - and things really started to change. I experienced some major culture shock (and truth be told depression) when coming back from studying abroad, so at first it wasn't apparent that I had gained more of a sense of independence. Slowly, but surely it started to show through.
These days, I relish time that I get to spend alone. I enjoy quiet nights of knitting, reading, playing piano and watching movies. If I don't get some alone time, I start to feel off. My body almost craves the calm and quiet of solitude.
Of course, I do hope that my future does include a fabulous relationship, but I take comfort in the fact that I am enjoying my time alone while it last. With the holidays upon us, it is actually nice to be single. Sure, I miss out on the couples gift exchanged and the romance of the season, like ice skating or looking at Christmas lights with a boyfriend. But then I listen to friends talk about the difficulties of splitting holidays, and I am actually happy that I am not forced to choose. I get to spend every holiday with my family and don't have to compromise.
Hopefully some day I will have a special guy in my life - and when and if that day comes, I will still make time to do things on my own.