The radical expansion of possibilities

You are by yourself? You don’t even have a dog?

The man selling me maple syrup at the rest area stared at me, incredulous. I had just shared with him that I was living and traveling in my Airstream trailer, by myself.

Yup, just me!

The woman at the clinic taking my blood a few weeks ago hugged me fiercely when I left and said, β€œYou are my hero!” after I told her about my current life-on-the-road adventures.

I’ve spoken to many people now who are either amazed or inspired or puzzled by my choice to life and travel in a 20-foot silver trailer, which I pull with my bright blue Toyota Tundra. It is not the easiest way to live, and I’ve had a steep learning curve. But so far I’ve only put one dent in the trailer (point for the tree!) and learned the vital importance of chocking your wheels BEFORE you unhook the trailer from your truck (watching my home and all my belongings lurch backwards a couple of feet before it miraculously stopped was not my favorite moment.)

My adventurous spirit of travel comes from my parents (thank you!), who were undauntedly brought my sister and me around the world multiple times from a very young age. And I can thank my courage of traveling by myself to a woman I met in my early 20’s who changed my life.

I don’t even remember her name; we hardly knew each other. She lived in the house next door. One day she came over to borrow something for her camping trip and I overheard her talking to one of my roommates.

She casually mentioned that she was going camping by herself.

My mind exploded.

CAMPING BY HERSELF?

Up until that moment it had never occurred to me that I could go camping by myself. And in an instant my entire world expanded, never to return to its normal size.

This is why I think it is so important for each of us to share when we are doing something unusual, out-of-the-ordinary, or courageous. You never know who you are going to inspire by being who you are. Sometimes something that is normal to you is an epic widening of possibilities to someone else.

Today, may you share any small way that you are adventurous, different, or creative. Be a horizon-stretcher for another.

And ask other people, β€œWhat is the most radical, beautiful, expansive thing you have done?”

May we all blow each other’s minds with our courage, depth, and actions!

P.S. Hey! Talk about expanding horizons… women, please join me in my upcoming Warrior Goddess Summit & Giveaway to celebrate the four-year anniversary of the Warrior Goddess Training book. Incredible interviews, a Warrior Goddess community webinar, and daily prizes. I’ve done several of the interviews already and I can tell you, this is an event not to miss! It will be truly revolutionary.

5 thoughts on “The radical expansion of possibilities

  1. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard some variation of the same incredulous comment/question: “you mean you’re traveling by yourself?!”

    I’ve had people tell me I need to get a dog to be safe.
    I’ve had people tell me I need to get a satellite phone so I can call for help at any time (and I probably would if I were backpacking in the wilderness).
    I’ve had people tell me I was crazy.
    I’ve had people tell me I am brave.

    All of those comments just tell me what *they* believe about themselves.

    I *love* exploring. Meeting new people and uncovering their stories. Learning about the uniqueness of a place. Being immersed in physical activity in a stupendously magnificent environment – and that can be wild, rural, or urban. I don’t feel brave. I don’t feel crazy. I’m as safe out on the road by myself as I am walking around my city by myself. If you stay alert and flexible, you avoid huge pitfalls, and usually find amazing people, places, and things to do everywhere.

    While I do occasionally miss having someone to share an experience, there are plenty of other times when I’m *grateful* for the solitude. Traveling with companions is wonderful… it’s just different.

  2. Ok, so my husband is retiring in June. We are selling our home and traveling around the world, One Airbnb at a time! Wooo hooo! πŸš£β€β™€οΈπŸš΄β€β™€οΈπŸš™πŸ›΅πŸšβœˆοΈπŸ›³πŸ—Ώ

  3. i’m heading for my first solo camping/hiking trip tomorrow. Both excited and nervous for this adventure!!!

  4. I hope someday to be courageous enough to go on a faraway adventure by myself…I never was presented the opportunity & was domesticated in a time and with a family that did not encourage doing things alone…however, reading about the Tribe at all ages & stages, and practicing the WG teachings, I am working on going on a mini adventure & saving money to go to the WG Sedona event or the trip to Mexico…onward!

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