I went to Miami on a whim.
I strolled South Beach solo.
I cruised Coral Gables companionless.
Sometimes we just have to hit “confirm”, press “go”, and “accept all terms and conditions”… We gotta check the boxes without overthinking… Not wait for other volunteers… and just let the Moment take us…
Sometimes no one else’s hand goes up when ours does.
Sometimes we have to quit waiting and wondering, and get walking… Start sprinting.
Sometimes spontaneity is the solution.
Just a few days before heading off on an 8-city, tri-continent business trip, I decided to spend Labor Day weekend alone in Miami.
I figured, why not?
Everytime we take chances or make moves, we learn something.
This trip reminded me of two important things.
I was reminded that the best part of travel is meeting new people… learning about their experiences and cultures. Hearing their stories… We often underestimate the power of an enriching conversation. We shouldn’t…
When you’re alone, this is even more magnified. Riding solo forces you out of your comfort zone. It pushes you to start discussions you’d usually shy away from… It breaks down your barriers and opens your mind.
It unlocks your senses…. And the result is moments you’ll remember.
In Coral Gables, I shared a meal with strangers at the bar of a great steakhouse at the corner of the Miracle Mile and Ponce de Leon. One was from Venezuela, one was from the Dominican, the other was from Texas (a fellow Longhorn baby!)…
We talked about life.
It was cool.
The second thing I learned is that the above realization actually leads us to another, more important and seemingly opposite, conclusion. Something we all already know, but sometimes lose sight of… EVERYTHING is better with company.
True, you can do some serious people watching on Ocean Drive, but it ain’t as fun if you can’t point and laugh with your boys. A perfect steak isn’t as good unless you have someone asking for a bite (a small one, please. And not until I’ve eaten at least half)…
The beach isn’t as beautiful when you’re standing in sand without holding a hand.
We all need our weekend getaways and secret escapes from time to time. Everyone needs a ‘reset’ now and then… But use your “alone time” wisely… and don’t stay away for too long.
Life is meant to be shared.