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This year I decided to stop waiting and start doing.  I stopped waiting to find someone to travel with, and I booked a flight for one.  I stopped waiting to feel like it was the perfect time, or the perfect place, and I jumped in without reservation.  I would be lying if I said it was easy right off the bat.  I definitely sat in my (super sweet AirBNB) room and wondered if I had made a huge mistake.  I wondered if I would spend the next 20 days feeling more and more alone.  And I did - for about 36 hours or so.  And then I took a deep breath, put on my raincoat, and stepped out into the cool sea air of Dublin City...and I lived.  I found the courage to sit in a pub by myself for dinner - a personal nightmare of mine - and something incredible happened.  About 10 minutes into savoring the first gulp of Guinness, I realized I wasn't alone.  To my right was a woman, also traveling by herself, regaling me with the many stories of her life that had brought her to the Emerald Isle.Day after day as I explored more of my beloved country, I found myself meeting other souls along the way - kindred spirits.  Explorers and adventurers and lost and found and searching.  I don't know if it was the fact that I was in my favorite place on earth, or if it was the fact that it was my first solo adventure, but I have never felt more alive.  While I miss this place - and this time - more and more every day, I know that it is not my last solo adventure.  And it is not the last time I will feel like I am exactly where I am supposed to be.(film developed and scanned by Richard Photo Lab)Ireland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travelIreland travel