Owning Your Independent Nature

Here I am, back in Sedona, Arizona, until Friday, which is my 37th birthday. Woohoo! I can’t count how many times I’ve been called to come back here this year. I’m glad I come back every time because I’m usually energetically drained by the time I arrive and end up leaving fully charged.

I’ve been here for almost a week and have been camping in my Jeep, once again. It’s a lot of fun, especially when you know the right places to go. The weather has dropped down to about 36°F/2°C at night but I managed to pack some really warm gear this time. And even though the weather is really cold, the air quality is crisp, it’s very quiet outside and the night sky is super clear for star gazing!

Even though the environment is awesome on it’s own, the best part of coming to Sedona is the fact that I don’t know anyone here, yet I feel so comfortable. I do everything here by myself, such as camp, hike, go to the movies, work out at the gym, eat at restaurants and go to the local bar for some karaoke! People look at me like, “Is she here by herself?” But little do they know, I’m enjoying the hell out of it!

I watched a Ted Talks on Stoicism by Massimo Pigliucci the other night and one thing he said stood out for me. He had mentioned that humans are social animals, can survive on their own if needed but thrive in groups of people. I very much concur with that but I have something to add.

As much as I agree that humans thrive in groups of people, I feel thriving in groups works best when you take time away from people to do things on your own in “survival mode”. And for many people nowadays, “survival mode” is just going to the movies alone, without their phone.

In my opinion, if you can do things on your own and enjoy the hell out of it instead of considering it a form of survival, you can definitely thrive in groups of people, especially as a form of leadership. You will be more respected for your independence and people will be more inspired by you. Plus, you’ll have the best of both worlds by balancing both your independent and social nature.

So go out and enjoy a good movie on your own. I watched Bohemian Rhapsody last night at the theater and the movie was soooo good it didn’t even feel like it was over 2 hours long! I definitely enjoyed my experience, all the popcorn I got to eat by myself and all the inspiration I soaked up from Freddie Mercury’s divine, free spirited, confident and driven nature. And because Freddy was a free spirited person who owned a lot of cats, I wonder if he changed his last name to Mercury because he’s a Virgo and Mercury is Virgo’s ruling planet. Hmmm…

Anyways, the only minor problem at the theater was the lady in the front who felt the need to clap, sing and sob every 10 minutes. Ha! But really, if you haven’t seen that movie, go watch it alone! Then rock out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” on your ride home. Cheers!


Photo: Solo juniper tree, with a gnarly twist, that I came across on my hike up to Cathedral Rock yesterday. Buddy is just thriving on its own!




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