Oh how I’ve changed: Reflecting on the past year

Atlantis The Palm Dubai
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It’s a strange thing to look back and see how much you have changed in the space of a year.

Luckily for me I have captured almost every second of every day through photos and videos on my travels – so it’s easy to see exactly how much I have changed (A LOT)!

Today I leave Dubai. Here’s what has changed since I was here last year.

The Palace downtown Dubai

10 months ago I visited Dubai for the first time with my then boyfriend (now ex).

For the duration of that relationship and a small handful of others before that, I had been ‘that girl’ who needed someone. I needed the support, gratification, and love from another person in order to love myself.

WOW, how things have changed (pun intended).

Β After that relationship broke down I did some serious soul searching. For months I became slightly reclusive and spent all of my free time at home with my family or at work, which was also with my family as my mum has been my boss for the past 5 years (I worked as a hotel receptionist back home in Australia).

After so much time being around people who genuinely loved me for me and spending barely any time with anyone who didn’t, you could say I was feeling pretty damn loved up. Just as a quick note – I’m very close with my family members and believe family should always come first.

But there came a time after months off having much of a social life that I again started to feel the need for ‘something else’. I no longer felt like I needed a significant other, nor did I feel I ‘needed’ my family… for the first time in my life I really just wanted to stand on my own two feet and rely on no one but myself.

So…. here I am. Half a year later, I’m still enjoying every moment of my solo journey around the world.

Β Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and friends more than anything this world has to offer… they’ll be the first to tell you how much I love and care for them.

But I needed this.

I needed to learn to love myself first. I needed to take a leap of faith. I needed to stand on my own two feet and know that if the need ever arose, I could take care of myself without the help of another.

But will I always travel the world solo?

…until the day I do meet Mr Right, I’m happy to wait with the knowledge that I won’t end up with Mr. Wrong.

No. Of course not. And if there were single eligible bachelors showing interest I would willingly tell them to form an orderly queue (haha…). But until the day I do meet Mr. Right, I’m happy to wait with the knowledge that I won’t end up with Mr. Wrong. I know what I want and what I don’t want…

but most importantly, I know who I am now.

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    Betty J. Ogburn
    July 2, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    …I agree: All the “relationship stuff” can wait…As my pastor always says, young, single people should enjoy their state of “singleness” now, and accept themselves before trying to bring someone else into the picture…

    If you’re meant to have a mate, they will come–but now is the time to realize who you are and what you want: We’re young, ambitious, and relatively free of responsibility!!…