The importance of sharing time with others has recently become more prominent in my life. The quote, "Happiness is only real when shared" is now a staple in my lifestyle. I used to take pride in the amount of time that was spent on my own, driving across the country or going out into the wilderness. However, I've come to see how the most memorable events in my life were spent in the shared company of others. Whether it was a camping trip with good friends, or a 20-hour drive across part of the country with strangers, collectively getting lost in the experience was the best part. When you're pushed out of your comfort zone, and occupy the same space with other people you learn more and grow faster. Access to different ideas is right there for the taking, and all it takes is a willingness to listen. We share opinions and occasionally disagree on issues, but it's all much healthier than keeping to ourselves.
So this isn't a self-empowering "you are fine on your own" post. In fact it's just the opposite. I implore you to seek out others, likeminded or otherwise. Share your story and witness theirs. Take time to be uncomfortable, and you'll find those who will stand on the edge of the cliff, climb the tallest mountain or swim in unknown waters with you.